ASOB16013U Knowledge, Organization and Politics
Mandatory course at 4th semester at BA Sociology.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Students should acquire:
Benedikte Brincker (ed), Introduction to Political Sociology, Hans Reitzel. (2013)
The textbook will be supplemented by a collection of articles, which all are available online via the University library (i.e. must be downloaded via a UCPH ip address from campus or via a vpn connection to the UCPH network).
A full reading list is available for course participants on Absalon
Peer feed-back will be organised several times during the semester. Detailed planning will follow.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- PortfolioIndividual 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.
- Exam registration requirements
Sociology students must be enrolled under BSc Curriculum 2016 to take this exam.
Portfolio integrated with the course Contemporary Strategies for Statistical Analysis
NB! The exam will be in English
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- Exam period
Submission dates and time will be available at KUnet, www.kunet.dk. Exchange students and danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen/
At re-exam, the form of examination is the same as ordinary exam.
If the form of examination is ”active participation” the re-examination form is always “free written take-home essay”.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the learning outcome
- Exam Preparation