English translation of course syllabus

Organizations and Institutions, 7.5 credits

(Organisationer och institutioner, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 430003D
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 Second half-year 2022


This course syllabus was validated by the Committee for Research and Doctoral Education at Södertörn University on 2022-05-31 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance

Entry requirements

Admitted to doctoral studentship

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the doctoral student is able to:

  • identify, present and critically examine key debates in both classical and modern institutional theory and organizational theory,
  • identify, present and critically examine relationships between organizations and institutions,
  • analyze and compare different perspectives in research on organizations and institutions,
  • at an advanced level apply organizational, theoretical, and institutional perspectives in analyses of social phenomena,
  • independently formulate research problems on the basis of institutional theory and organizational theory,
  • apply an independent, critical, and analytical approach to different perspectives on both institutional theory and organizational theory, and
  • reflect on opportunities and limitations presented by different 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 organizations. It aims to provide in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of institutions and organizations and the relevance of institutional and organizational theories to analyze social science phenomena. 

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. 

Examination format

Oral presentations, active seminar participation, written individual assignments and written home exam.

Absence from a maximum of two (2) seminars can be compensated with written assignments in accordance with the course coordinator’s instructions.

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.