SOS3519 - Organizations and Work in Modern Society


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment with an adjusting oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment with an adjusting oral exam 100/100

Course content

This course offers a theoretical and empirical lens for understanding contemporary challenges within the fields of organizations, work, and modern society. The focus will be on societal perspectives and draws upon research from leading scholars in these fields. The course suits master students in sociology and political science, the students in the Organization, Digitalization, Administration and Work program, and the students in Social Sciences with Teacher Education. This course is designed to complement the other courses in the study programs by offering an organization and work perspective on the study themes.

The course offers up-to-date analytical tools to understand the different roles that organizations and work play in modern society and its different areas. Correspondingly, the course discusses organizations and work in context of various themes that might include education, politics, business and economics, public administration, digitalization, social work, love and family, inclusion/exclusion, societal differentiation, inequality, and welfare.

The course is especially suitable for students that want to write their master thesis with a societal perspective on organizations and work, but can also be used as a starting point for a deeper understanding of the interrelations between organizations, working life, and modern society.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • understand how to analyze organization and work structures and processes and their role in and for modern society.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • accomplish and present an independent analysis connected to a theme of the course.
  • discuss own work and work of others in oral form.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. If few students attend the course in the first two weeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course with supervision. Whether or not the course is offered also depends on the department's available resources.

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation with handout

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Individual paper with an adjusting oral exam. The oral exam covers the term paper as well as readings. The oral exam will be used to adjust the term paper's grade by a maximum of one grade. Both the term paper and the oral exam must be retaken at a repeat of the exam.

Required previous knowledge

60 credits including SOS1002 or an equivalent course in research methods. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SOS8532 10.0 AUTUMN 2019
SOS3607 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Sociology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment with an adjusting oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment with an adjusting oral exam 100/100





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Spring ORD Assignment with an adjusting oral exam 100/100 INSPERA
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