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LUBS1755 Business and Society (Combined)

20 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Jiachen Shi

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS1760Business and Society (Organisation Theory)
LUBS1765Business and Society (Social Theory)

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce you to the sociology of work, organisation theory and the relationship between these two subject areas. You will practice range of analytical, verbal, written and communication skills, group and teamwork, and personal organisation skills. As a result of attending and participating in this module, you should develop a more sophisticated appreciation of how and why management, work and organisations change.


This module aims to introduce historical and contemporary ideas and theories about work and organisations, explore social theories to account for the development of capitalism and explain the evolution of organisational practices up to the most contemporary developments.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Identify the founding theorists of the sociology work
- Apply the concepts of the sociology of work by explaining historical and more recent changes to organisational structures processes and practices
- Recognise the logic of changing organisational practices from different points of view
- Explain why management, work and organisations change

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Answer complex questions through the application of problem solving skills
- Understand how to construct an academic essay and communicate effectively orally and in writing


Indicative content
An exploration of both the founding theorists in the Sociology of Work (Marx, Weber and Durkheim) and contemporary developments in the sociology of work (labour process theory, post structuralism, feminism).

Key ideas that have informed management practice as an introduction to exploring explanations of the evolution of these ideas, concentrating on contingency theory, historical theories and institutional theories.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours159.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be required to undertake further research and study in order to be prepared for the seminars and to complete their individual assignment.

The students will be required to undertake approximately 40 hours of reading and 30 hours preparing their assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words50.00
Essay1,500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:28:06


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