Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
SOCIOLOGY OF ORGANIZATIONS
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 40 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Emmanuel LAZEGA (Professeur des Universités), Alizée DELPIERRE (Doctorante contractuelle). Prerequisite : None Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : The class format is lecture. Attend the lectures and do the required readings every week. Take the midterm exam. Halfway through the semester, a multiple-choice exam will test your readings for previous sessions. The quiz will take place on session 7. Session 6 will be a review session. Write a critical essay. This essay is due by the end of the semester. In 7 or 8 pages (1.5 spacing ; +/- 10%), you must reﬂect on the title of one session of your choice. Drawing on the literature listed in the syllabus for the session you choose, you must compare and contrast two (or more) diverging perspectives on the title. You may use both the texts listed as “required” and as “recommended”. If you choose only two texts, at least one of the readings must be a book. Otherwise, you must pick three articles. Authors do not necessarily disagree with each other. However, each text sheds a speciﬁc light on the issue at stake. For instance, combining a classical, theoretical text with a recent, empirical one is a good idea. Whatever the type of texts you choose, your essay must clearly show how the texts relate to the issue covered in the session. Take the ﬁnal exam. The ﬁnal exam will consist of three or four questions covering broad topics addressed in the course. Grading weights : Midterm exam : 20%, Critical essay : 40%, Final exam : 40%. Course Description : In contemporary Western societies, public and private organizations –deﬁned by Philip Selznick as “tools with a life of their own”– are the most important mesolevel social structures that make it possible for interdependent, heterogeneous, often conﬂicting and competing members to work and produce together, i.e. coordinate their activities 474
and cooperate at various levels (intra- and interorganizational, local and global). This course is a sociological introduction to contemporary rationalization of work and managerialization of society. It will focus on general concepts used to account for these organizing efforts, such as bureaucracy, collegiality, power, institution, governance and networks. It will also look at issues such as the relationship between organizations and their environments by exploring their dependence on technology, professions, and markets ; their relationship with social stratiﬁcation and inequalities ; and the meaning of the notion of ‘organizational society'. Required reading : See syllabus.
SOCIOLOGY OF URBAN RELEGATION
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Fabien TRUONG (Professeur agrégé). Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Oral participation and involvement in the classroom Final written test and essay and/or ﬁeldwork sessions Oral presentation in class Pedagogical method : Each session will follow the same pattern : oral presentation by students ; critical discussion about the presentation and the theories at stake ; lesson and presentation of key concepts and sociological theories and processes ; movie extracts ; and critical discussion about the extracts. Course Description : This course will deal with the processes of urban marginalization in contemporary cities and societies. We will focus on both macrosocial and microsocial processes (from economic, social and spatial structure to interactions and identity matters) and connect the objective dimension of marginalization to its subjective dimension. We will point out urban relegation, regarding class, territorial and “ racial” belongings in a comparative approach, mostly through French, English and American case studies. Banlieues, ‘council estates', tower blocks, ‘projects', ‘slums', ‘ghettos'... What are the differences and the similarities ? How far can we compare the so