Knowledge, Organization and Politics

Course content

The objective of the course is to examine how knowledge and political power are connected in processes that take place both internally in and between different types of organisations and sectors. The course covers formal and informal forms of politics in both private and public organisations and at all levels.

The course introduces selected theories and empirical studies rooted in three branches of sociology: organisational sociology, sociology of knowledge and political sociology. The course focuses in particular at the thematic, analytical and empirical overlaps between the three branches and interrogates a number of concepts and phenomena at this intersection such as rationality, power, legitimacy, consensus, conflict, bureaucracy and democracy.

Education

Mandatory course at 4th semester at BA Sociology.

Learning outcome

The course provides students with insight into sociological concepts and theories of significance to the study of how knowledge, organisation and politics affect each other.

Knowledge:

Students acquire insights into a number of core concepts in sociology pertaining to the interaction between knowledge, organisation and politics. Upon completing the course, students must be able to:

  • Account precisely for selected concepts and approaches in the course literature, their central assumptions and their implications for how knowledge, organisation and/or politics can be analysed

  • Compare selected concepts and approaches from the course literature and give an account of their similarities and differences as well as their respective analytical strengths and challenges.

Skills:

Upon completing the course, students must be able to produce analytical observations of the intersection between knowledge, organisation and politics in an independent fashion. More specifically, the students must be able to:

  • Produced qualified analytical observations of specific organisations (cases) with regard to how knowledge and politics interact in organisational reality

  • Assess the practical applications of different sociological concepts and approaches in relation to specific organisational contexts (cases)

Competences:

Upon completing the course the student must have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to continue independent work on the course topics, including the ability to:

  • Independently acquire a deeper knowledge of the central sociological concepts and approaches in the field, including acquisition and assessment of relevant literature

  • Turn central concepts and approaches into concrete analyses of both quantitative and qualitative nature, which address the interaction between organization, knowledge and politics.

Lectures combined with in-class exercises

To be updated

General knowledge of sociological theory and methods equivalent to what is achieved through the first year of the BSc programme in sociology at UCPH

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Peer feed-back will be organised several times during the semester. Detailed planning will follow.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio
Individual or group. A portfolio assignment is defined as a series of short assignments during the course that address one or more set questions and feedback is offered during the course. All of the assignments are submitted together for assessment at the end of the course. The portfolio assignments must be no longer than 15 pages.
For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 110
  • Exercises
  • 40
  • Exam Preparation
  • 28
  • English
  • 206