Understanding Organisations


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Understanding Organisations

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Business, Business Administration, Business Management, Human Resources, Management Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This subject draws on research and social theory to understand organisations and organisation cultures and practices ? across sectors, locally and globally. It covers both mainstream classical business theorising and some alternatives. This examination should lead to an understanding that theory and organisational reality interact, influencing and shaping each other. This subject introduces a range of ethical and moral theories to broaden a critically informed approach to organisations and practice. As a result, the practising manager is informed by theory when defining issues, sense making and choosing practical and accountable actions.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. Research defining aspects of organisation culture across sectors ? locally and (selectively) globally
    2. Identify impacts on decision-making and management practices through alternative forms of organisational structures
    3. Discern ethical and social/relational issues (including human rights) in organisational cultures and practices
    4. Critically evaluate organisational theory and practice from a range of social, ethical and historical perspectives
    This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:
    Evaluate business responses to ethical issues and dilemmas (4.2)
    Demonstrate work-ready disciplinary knowledge in relation to business practices (5.1)
    Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
    This subject is designed to firstly enable students to make sense of how enterprises (across various sectors, locally and globally) are organised, and then with such a background develop an understanding on ways to ?improve? organisational and management practice. A primary objective here is to draw on social theory, history and humanities to develop graduate capabilities for critical and ethical analysis of organisational structures and management practice. This is accomplished via class discussion, readings, cases studies, student research and experiential learning. A broad range of contexts and media will be used to reflect the complexities graduates will experience in both working within and shaping organisational practice.
    Teaching and learning strategies
    The subject is presented in seminar format. Essential principles are presented and analysed and students are lead through practical application exercises.
    Use of social theory to make sense of past and current organisational practices (public corporations, small to medium enterprises, community and government organisations)
    Introduction to classical, contemporary and emerging approaches to organisational structures ? locally and globally ? across sectors.
    Introduction to ethical and social/relational issues for organisations and management
    Critical evaluation of theory and practice in studying organisations
    The place of human rights in organisation design and management practice.
    Assessment task 1: Essay (Individual)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This addresses program learning objectives(s):
    Weight: 35%
    Assessment task 2: Presentation (Group)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    Weight: 30%
    Assessment task 3: Research project (Individual, with learning journal)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This addresses program learning objectives(s):
    Weight: 35%
    Minimum requirements
    Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject?s total marks.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.