Learning Objectives

WHAT ARE SOCIAL GROUPS?

  • Learn the difference between social aggregates and social groups
  • Learn the variety and characteristics of groups, as well as the effect of groups on an individual’s behavior
  • Understand the way that the size of a group effects the quality of interaction in the group, as well as the group’s stability and functioning
  • Learn the different types of group leadership

HOW DO WE BENEFIT FROM SOCIAL NETWORKS?

  • Understand the importance of social networks and the advantages they confer on some people

HOW DO ORGANIZATIONS FUNCTION?

  • Know how to define an organization and understand how organizations developed over the last two centuries
  • Understand the role that organizations play in contemporary society
  • Learn Max Weber’s theory of organizations and view of bureaucracy
  • Be able to explain how modern organizations have developed in a gendered way

IS BUREAUCRACY AN OUTDATED MODEL?

  • Familiarize yourself with some of the alternatives to bureaucracy that have developed in other societies or in recent times
  • Be able to identify how the Japanese model has influenced the Western approach to management
  • Think about the influence of technology on how organizations operate
  • Be able to explain the concept of the “McDonaldization” of society, including the four guiding principles for McDonald’s restaurants

HOW DO GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS AFFECT YOUR LIFE?

  • Learn how social capital enables people to accomplish their goals and expand their influence