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Sociology courses carry social science credit.

SOCIOL 302-DL : Sociology of Organizations


Our contemporary lives are shaped by participation in a range of complex organizations. They dominate the social, political, and economic landscape of our world. Understanding how organizations shape our lives is crucial to gaining some control over the outcomes which affect us. Due to their ubiquity, organizations have been phenomena to which social science has devoted much research. Due to their complexity, definitive explanations of organizational structures, processes, and outcomes have been difficult to achieve. This course provides an overview of what is known about complex organizations. Students are introduced to various theoretical paradigms that explain different aspects of organizational life. They learn how to use theoretical models to analyze organizational problems. Solutions to problems are suggested by the various research studies that provide a knowledge base for this course. By the end of the course, students will be able to diagnose organizational problems and devise targeted remedies.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.

Notes: This course is limited to School of Professional Studies students only. Undergraduate students in other schools at Northwestern are not permitted to enroll in this course.

Additional Information:

Social Sciences distribution course.

Summer 2023
Start/End DatesDay(s)TimeBuildingSection
06/20/23 - 08/26/23Asynch
Asynch 20
InstructorCourse LocationStatusCAESAR Course ID
Durkin, Thomas
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