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LUBS1760 Business and Society (Organisation Theory)

10 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Gerard Looker

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS1755Business and Society (Combined)
LUBS1765Business and Society (Social Theory)

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides you with a foundational understanding of mainstream organisational theory and its evolution. It explains key developments in the evolution of organisation theory and accounts for the developments observed.


This module aims to provide a foundation in organisation theory, introducing key ideas that have informed organisational practices in different historical settings and exploring their impact on the changing development of our ideas on organising.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Describe and identify key ideas, concepts and theories in the evolution of organisational structures and processes
- Account for the emergence of these ideas and critically appraise their implications for different groups within organisations
- Comment on the evolution of ideas that have informed management/organisational practice over the last 120 years, and their contemporary relevance

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Apply analytical, critical thinking to problem solving
- Communicate effectively using oral and written communication
- Exercise effective team working skills


Indicative content
The syllabus will introduce key theories that that have informed management practice using perspectives such as contingency theory, historical cycle theories and institutional theory.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours13.00
Private study hours71.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Students will be required to undertake further research and study in order to be prepared for seminars (there will be at least 2 mandatory readings per class) and to complete their individual assignment.
- The students will be required to undertake approximately 40 hours of reading and 30 hours preparing their assessment.
- They will also spend time reviewing ongoing feedback provided online

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students will receive detailed written feedback on their assignment after submission.
- Feedback on learning will also be provided through the seminars and through a series weekly (optional) questions posted on the Minerva discussion board.
- Minerva will also be used to provide feedback on seminar discussion and exercises.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 1,500 word coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/07/2022


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