Sociology of organised action

lsoc2026  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Sociology of organised action
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Q2
Teacher(s)
Language
French
Content
The course begins with classical theories of organizations and their environment (structural contingency and strategic analysis). These approaches, beyond their differences (emphasizing either organizational structures or actors), emphasize the rationality and functionality of actors and organized action systems. The course then discusses approaches that renew and expand the purpose of organizational sociology. The forms of coordination of action and the justice systems mobilized by the actors in the daily life of the organization are treated from the economics of conventions. The social and institutional regulation of organizations and their change is approached from the theories of social regulation and Anglo-Saxon neo-institutionalism. The course then deals with contemporary extensions of the sociology of organized action towards the understanding of market relations, public action, and organized collective action.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

• lectures followed by discussions on the main possible theoretical approaches
• readings to be made from the text portfolio and/or syllabus
• case studies (analysis and/or presentation by student sub-groups) to implement the conceptual tools discussed during the course.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written exam
In case of evolution of the sanitary conditions towards a code orange or red, the written exam can be replaced by a take home exam.
Online resources
See the Moodle page of the course
Bibliography
  • Amblard H. et al. (1996), Les nouvelles approches sociologiques des organisations, Paris, Seuil
  • Syllabus et portefeuille de lectures
Teaching materials
  • Amblard H. et al. (1996), Les nouvelles approches sociologiques des organisations, Paris, Seuil
  • Syllabus et portefeuille de lectures
Faculty or entity


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