Area of Study
Business, Business Administration, Business Management, Human Resources, Management Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis 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 objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:1. Research defining aspects of organisation culture across sectors ? locally and (selectively) globally2. Identify impacts on decision-making and management practices through alternative forms of organisational structures3. Discern ethical and social/relational issues (including human rights) in organisational cultures and practices4. Critically evaluate organisational theory and practice from a range of social, ethical and historical perspectivesThis 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 attributesThis 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 strategiesThe subject is presented in seminar format. Essential principles are presented and analysed and students are lead through practical application exercises.ContentUse 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 managementCritical evaluation of theory and practice in studying organisationsThe place of human rights in organisation design and management practice.AssessmentAssessment task 1: Essay (Individual)Objective(s):This addresses subject learning objective(s):1, 2, 3 and 4This addresses program learning objectives(s):4.2Weight: 35%Assessment task 2: Presentation (Group)Objective(s):This addresses subject learning objective(s):1, 2, 3 and 4Weight: 30%Assessment task 3: Research project (Individual, with learning journal)Objective(s):This addresses subject learning objective(s):1, 2, 3 and 4This addresses program learning objectives(s):5.1Weight: 35%Minimum requirementsStudents must achieve at least 50% of the subject?s total marks.
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.