SO483 Half Unit
Social Change Organizations
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Michael McQuarrie STC.S217a
This course is available on the MSc in City Design and Social Science, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Political Sociology and MSc in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The purpose of this class is to familiarise students with organisational sociology from the perspective of organisations other than firms or governments. Organisations are one of the primary tools society has for realising values and interests. However, organisations are not simply tools. They constrain and enable action for social change in a variety of ways and shape the outcomes of our efforts. Attempting to realise social change using organisations creates a set of dilemmas that must be managed and dealt with for efforts to be successful. The course will focus on social movement organisations, NGOs, associations, cooperatives, communes, and the dilemmas that these organisations confront in attempting to realise their goal of a better society. The course will also familiarise students with the theoretical and analytical tools sociologists use to understand social change organisations.
20 hours of seminars in the LT.
The class format will be a combination of lectures, guest Q&A with leaders of social change organisations, and seminar discussion. Week 6 is a reading week.
Formative coursework will consist of preparing and leading discussions, in-class analytical writing, and assignments meant to advance student work on the final essay.
Katherine Chen, Enabling Creative Chaos
Monika Krause, The Good Project
Nina Eliasoph, Making Volunteers
James Ferguson, The Anti-Politics Machine
Timothy Mitchell, The Rule of Experts
David Graeber, The Democracy Project
Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, Poor People's Movements
Charles Perrow, "A Society of Organizations"
Elisabeth Clemens and Mary Bernstein, "The Multi-Institutional Perspective"
V.I. Lenin "What is to be done?"
Joreen, "The Tyranny of Structurelessness"
Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the ST.
For their assessment students will complete an essay that does not exceed 4000 words in length. The essay will either be a review essay of the sociological literature on a topic related to social change organisations or an analysis of a social change organisation using the tools learned in the class.
Two hard copies of the assessed essay, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S116, no later than 16:30 on the first Tuesday of Summer Term. An additional copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day.
Total students 2017/18: 29
Average class size 2017/18: 30
Controlled access 2017/18: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills