Sociology of Organizations

Name: Sociology of Organizations
Code: SOC2416L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Sociology

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese
Regime de Frequência: Presencial


The main goal of the course is to study and understand the origins, structure and dynamics of complex organizations and their relationship with their environment.

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

1. Identify the main characteristics of t organizacional phenomena;
2. Set the Sociology of Organizations
3. Know the objectives and methods of Sociology of Organizations
4. Know the major theoretical perspectives, major authors and their contributions to Sociology of Organizations
5. Develop a comprehensive and analytical perspective about organizational phenomena.
The competences to acquire in this course are:
- Develop the capacity to critically analyze the role of organizations in contemporary societies;
- Understand of the own theories and methods of Sociology of Organizations;
- Knowledge of main structural features of organizations in portuguese society and its integration into Europe.


Module 1. The organizational phenomenon and study of organizations
1.1. Definition and objectives of sociology of organizations
1.2. Renewal the organizational insight
Module 2. Reflections about concept of organization
2.1. Definitions of organization
2.2. Components of organizational structure
Module 3. Evolution of organization theories
3.1. Organizations as rational systems
3.2. Organizations as human and social systems
3.3. Contemporary approaches to organizations
Module 4. Dynamics of individuals and groups in organizations
4.1. Actors and relations of power in organizational context
4.2. Perspectives of sociological intervention in organizations

Teaching Methods

Unit to be taught by theoretical-practical sessions, classroom-based, and can eventually be applied practical exercises sessions via platform-moodle UEvora.
Tutorial sessions and self-study in accordance with Bologna Process recommendations.
For contact hours with the teacher and the teaching / learning will be organized in classes essentially theoretical and practical.
In addition to the content teaching exhibition by the teacher, classes also count with students participation, individually or in small groups, and based on previously distributed resources or gathered through self-study.
a) Continuous Evaluation:
- Written test (1) = 50%;
- Working paper (1) = 50% (25% written text + 25% oral presentation and slides).
b) Evaluation by final exam:
- Written test (a comprehensive final exam) = 50%;
- Exam with oral evaluation = 25%;
- Practical work individually = 25%.

Teaching Staff