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Spring 2018-2019
SOC 549   P/D/F Only

Workshop on Social Organization

Viviana A. Zelizer

A two-semester course for graduate students whose work is at the intersection of the fields of organization studies, economic sociology and social network analysis. In addition to covering foundational readings in these fields and addressing selected special topics (e.g. social organizational aspects of economic crisis), the workshop provides opportunities for students to develop research projects and presentation skills, and to read the work of and interact with scholars brought to campus by the Center for the Study of Social Organization.

Sample reading list:
Weber, Max, "Bureaucracy," from Max Weber pp 196-244
Perrow, Charles, Complex Organizations: A Critical Essay, 3rd ed.
Taylor, Frederick Winslow, Principles of Scientific Management
Simon, Herbert A., Administrative Behavior, pp. 1-19; 61-110
March, James; Herbert Simon, Organizations (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1958)
Perrow, Charles, A Society of Organizations in Theory & Society 20 pp. 725-62
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students enrolled for credit will be required to present their work at least once over the course of the year, as noted above; to lead discussions of readings at least once (and perhaps twice, depending upon enrollment); and to post weekly essays of at least 500 words on the workshop discussion board, as well as to post a comment on at least one other essay each week, in advance of the workshop meeting.

Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
This is a year-long course that must be enrolled in both semesters. Non-Sociology graduate students wishing to receive a grade for this course must submit a completed Graduate Student Enrollment Change Form located at the following URL:

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40033 S01 03:00:00 pm - 04:30:00 pm M   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:8 Limit:30