English translation of course syllabus

Organizations and Institutions, 7.5 credits

(Organisationer och institutioner, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 17F1001
Discipline for doctoral studies Other subjects
Academic school School of Social Sciences
Research area for doctoral studies Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Grading scale G
Education cycle Doctoral studentship
Language of instruction English
Valid from First six months of 2013


This course syllabus was validated by the Committee for Research and Doctoral Education at Södertörn University on 2012-10-29 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance

Entry requirements

Admitted to doctoral studentship

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the doctoral student can:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of important debates within classic and modern institutional theory and organization theory,
  • display in-depth knowledge and understanding of the relationships between organizations and institutions,
  • analyze and compare differing perspectives in modern organizational research,
  • apply perspectives from organization theory in analyses of social phenomena at an advanced level,
  • autonomously formulate research problems on the basis of modern institutional theory and organization theory,
  • adopt an independent, critical and analytical approach to varying perspectives in both modern institutional theory and organization theory, and
  • reflect on the opportunities and limitations presented by differing modern theoretical perspectives on organizations and institutions.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course provides a multidisciplinary perspective on established and developing theories about institutions and organisations. It aims to provide in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of ongoing organisational change. The issues covered on the course deal with the relationship between organisations and institutions, and the relevance of institution and organisation theories in analysing ongoing change in states, businesses and voluntary organisations. Other issues relate to the origin of organisational ideas, their dissemination and translation to local practice.

Examples of themes that are dealt with are: Critical perspectives on organisations and institutions; Organisations as social structures; Decision-making and the limitations of rationality; Institutions and organisations; Interpersonal space and organisations; Creating, disseminating and translating organisational ideas; Global interweaving and local change; Forms of governance and their changes.

Course design

The course is provided as a series of thematic sessions led by researchers. Each session starts with a mini-lecture. After the lecture, participants discuss the session’s content.

Doctoral students participating in the course are given the opportunity to link their own research to the course’s content and the issues it presents. Active participation in the seminars/lectures is obligatory.

Examination format

Active participation in the seminars. Participants will prepare questions based on the literature for each session. Each participant will also write an 8-10 page paper that discusses some of the course’s themes.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

The course may not be credited in a degree programme alongside a course completed inside or outside of Sweden, which has a content that wholly or partly corresponds to the content of this course.