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BUS3033 : Critical Organisation Studies

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sara Zaeemdar
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module builds upon and develops ideas introduced in the BUS2019 module "Understanding Work and Organisations". The module aims to present a framework for critical thinking about organisational behaviour and practice.It introduces students to the latest research in Critical Organisation Studies. The module seeks to explore the principle debates within the field, and their consequences for empirical research. It helps students to develop critical reflection as they progress through the module.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover key debates in Critical Organisation Studies on topics such as:

- Semiotics
- Structure
- Knowledge
- Ideology
- Power
- Self

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Assessment guidance surgery
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures explore various theoretical debates related to Critical Organisation Studies. The seminars provide the students with opportunities to investigate the pratical implications of the explored debates, for contemporary management and organisations.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1Messay plan (linked to summative assessment Essay) - 400 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assesses the students' depth of understanding of a particular topic presented in the module, drawing on further extensive independent research and reading.

Reading Lists