Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Sociology 245. How Organizations Work

Organizations structure much of our lives from birth (in hospitals) to education (in schools) to employment (in government, corporate, academic, or nonprofit) to death. They record our existence and track our spending habits. Understanding how organizations work is central to understanding modern society. We will explore: organizational structure and process, including leadership, power, decision-making and communication; organizational culture; policies, and the diversification and globalization of contemporary organizations. The course is infused with questions around the operations of race, class and gender in contemporary organizatons.

Students may take this course at the 300-level (even if they have taken the 200-level course) which would include: a 4-6 hour per week internship in a formal organization, additional recommended readings, and presentations to the entire class tying the key concepts from the readings to their internship organization.