social organization syllabus

Graduate students are required to take “Sociology 510 – Social Organization.” It’s a complement to S530, our required social psychology course. S510 is supposed to be an intro to meso and macro topics. The first two times I taught it, it was a review of organization theory and a few other topics thrown in. This time, I have built the course along the themes of the four E-Z steps post: decision theory; hierarchy; social construction; values/institutions. I’ve also thrown in complexity and bio-sociology. Here’s the syllabus: Soc 510 syllabus Spring 2011


Written by fabiorojas

December 13, 2010 at 12:38 am

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  1. Nice syllabus.

    Two thoughts:

    1) For what it’s worth, you might add a more econ-oriented angle — as a lens or contrast, or whatever. Obvious classics:

    – Coase, R.H. 1937. The nature of the firm. Economica 4: 386-405.

    – Hayek, F. 1945. The use of knowledge in society. American Economic Review 35: 519-530.

    – Williamson, O. 1991. Comparative economic organization: The analysis of discrete structural alternatives. Administrative Science Quarterly, 36: 269-296. (Or the 1981 AJS piece.)

    2) Some other soc orgs related material:

    – Simon’s ‘Sciences of the Artificial’ is good.
    – As is Axelrod’s ‘The Evolution of Cooperation.’
    – Schelling’s ‘Micromotives and Macrobehavior.’
    – And, of course Simmel (‘On Individuality and Social Forms’ is beautiful).

    OK, fine, there’s a lot of good stuff out there! (Hard to pack everything into a semester…obviously we all pick and choose.)



    December 13, 2010 at 1:14 am

  2. T-Bone: your suggestions were implemented in a previous 510 that was a bit more rat choicey and the Hayek used to appear in my undergrad class. Great minds think alike.



    December 13, 2010 at 1:34 am

  3. for the week entitled “the cultural turn” I would consider assigning the introductory chapter to this edited volume. Really one of the better recent surveys/position pieces out there on the subject.



    December 13, 2010 at 2:01 am

  4. Even better sentence: “The school principal avoided the issue.”


    Of Grammatologist

    December 13, 2010 at 3:15 am

  5. Your class looks great. I’m an org communication guy, but wish it had been offered on my campus when I was doing coursework. I’m excited to go over your readings (post-dissertation, most likely).

    Thanks for sharing!



    December 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

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