Sociology of Work and Organizations-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS04 20032 LE45 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Mainly 1st & 2nd year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Tue.4
Instructor name Stephane Heim (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Work and organizations are two central institutions in contemporary societies, greatly participating in their shaping through social stratification and social integration. They create differentiation among individuals in terms of occupations, but they also give birth to interdependency and modes of cooperation through which individuals interact with each other. Based on these two processes (social differentiation and integration), the course will put the emphasis on different aspects of work and organizations while presenting the main theories in this field of research.
Course Goals The course aims at understanding the basics of sociology of work and organizations, so that students develop a critical sense about the functioning of these two institutions, and are prepared to solve problems they might encounter in their future carriers. Students will therefore acquire knowledge of several approaches and theories on the function of work and organizations in the society. Several case studies will also be introduced to illustrate these approaches.
Schedule and Contents Week 1. Course Introduction: What is Sociology of Work and Organizations?
Week 2. Theories of Work: Division of Labor
Week 3. Theories of Organization: Bureaucracy and Control
Week 4. Taylorism, Rationality, and the Labor Society
Week 5. Fordism, Post-Fordism, and Neoliberalism
Week 6. The Social Construction of Markets
Week 7. Firms: Outsourcing, Control, and Trust
Week 8. The Emergence of the Service Industry
Week 9. From Qualification to Competencies: Wages and Industrial Relations
Week 10. Professions and Occupational Groups
Week 11. Employment and Unemployment
Week 12. Work, Age, Gender, and Family
Week 13. Work, Organizations, and Institutions
Week 14. Course Conclusions

Total: 14 classes, 1 Feedback session
Evaluation Methods and Policy Final report.
Course Requirements The lectures will be delivered in English. There are no prerequisite to take this course, though it would be better to have some basic sociological knowledge.

Due to the COVID-19, this semester we will have online classes using the zoom application. Here is the link to the class (same link every week):

Zoom Link:
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) During each class, the first ten-fifteen minutes are dedicated to the review of the previous class. Students are asked to prepare each lesson on a weekly basis.