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Sociology of Organizations

Code: SOCI030     Acronym: SOCORG

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Sociology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Sociology
Course/CS Responsible: Bachelor in Sociology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
SOCI 14 SOCI - Study Plan 3 - 6 41 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Carlos Manuel da Silva Gonçalves

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,50
Tutorial Supervision: 0,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,50
Cristina Clara Ribeiro Parente 1,75
Carlos Manuel da Silva Gonçalves 0,75
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 0,50
Cristina Clara Ribeiro Parente 0,25
Carlos Manuel da Silva Gonçalves 0,25

Teaching language

Obs.: Suitable for English-speaking students


  • to acquire knowledge about organizations as an object of study of Sociology;

  • to analyze and apply the fundamental concepts of the theoretical and thematic currents developed in Sociology of organizations;

  • to provide students with pratical knowledge abiur organizations that will enable them, in the future, to  apply it in both research careers and professional careers. 

Learning outcomes and competences

  • development the capacity of refelction and  critically analyze about contemporary societies using the conceptual frameworks of Sociology of Organizations;

  • development of learning capacity enabling students to pursue lifelong learning with a high degree of autonomy;

  • mastery of the theories and the issues proper  of Sociology of Organizations;

  • knowledge of the main structural characteristics of contemporary Portuguese society and its insertion in the European .Union

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Not applied


1. Sociology and organizations: concepts ans main principles 
2. Organizational theories
3. Organizational structures
4. Power, leadership and conflict
5. Cultures and identities
6. Organizational change/ innovation and sociological intervention in organizations

Mandatory literature

Henry Mintzberg; Estrutura e dinâmica das organizações. ISBN: 972-20-1147-2
Stewart R. Clegg; As^organizações modernas
Stewart R. Clegg; Handbook of organization studies. ISBN: 0-7619-5132-6
Renaud Sainsaulieu; Sociologia da empresa. ISBN: 972-771-370-X
Renaud Sainsaulieu; L.identité au travail
João Abreu de Faria Bilhim; Teoria organizacional. ISBN: 972-8726-62-7
Philippe Bernoux; La^sociologie des organisations. ISBN: 978-2-7578-1223-5
Paul S. Adler; The^Oxford handbook of sociology and organization studies. ISBN: 978-0-19-959381-1
Michel Crozier; L.acteur et le système. ISBN: 2-02-004677-6
Miguel Pina e Cunha; Manual de estudos organizacionais. ISBN: 972-98823-1-2
Geert Hofstede; Culturas e organizações. ISBN: 972-618-160-7
Duarte Pimentel; Sociologia da empresa e das organizações. ISBN: 978-972-592-331-3
Ferreira; José Maria Carvalho et al; Psicossociologia das Organizações, Silabo, 2021
Godwyn, Mary Godwyn e Gitell, Johnson ; Sociology of Organizations, Sage, 2011

Teaching methods and learning activities

Expository methods combined with interrogative, demonstrative and active methods.

Theoretical-practical lessons (TP) - expository lessons about the different points of the program, with privilege to the exposition of theoretical contents. The intervention of the teacher is combined with interrogative practices, which appeal to the participation of students, and with demonstrative methodologies, emphasizing the demonstration with cases of Portuguese society.

Tutorial classes  (OT) guided by work programs. Tutorial sessions consist of scientific-pedagogical support and supervision of students in previously defined small groups, and oral presentation and discussion of the work done. Students are assessed by the quality of their participation and the work done, presented and defended in these sessions.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 70,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 30,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 70,00
Frequência das aulas 39,00
Trabalho escrito 53,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Distributed assessment with final exam composed of 2 components: i) Written work applied to an organization; ii) Exam

Al components are compulsory.

To obtain a positive evaluation, never the evaluation obtained in any of the evaluation components can be less than 10 values.

The second period of evaluation is composed by the same number of exams carried out during the semester and respective weights, according to the status of the student.

It also has the right to the second period of evaluation, all students that have one of the evaluation component already done in the normal period of evaluation with a classification equal or superior to 9,5. In this case, the second period of evaluation only can be used to realized one, and just one, of the evaluation components.

Calculation formula of final grade

  •  Exam - 70% 

  • Written work applied to an organization - 30%

Examinations or Special Assignments

Not applied

Internship work/project

Not applied

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Students who, according to the Norms for the Evaluation, have a special status, are obliged to contact the teacher at the beginning of the period of the course unit for the purpose of establishing the respective procedures for the evaluation of knowledge.

Classification improvement

The student may apply for improvement of the classification according to the FLUP Assessment Standards.

Improvement  classification requires the repetition of the two components


t is edited in the page of the Sigarra a guidance dossier with a set of detailed information on the components of evaluation and the operation of the class. It is essential a careful reading of the dossier where there is a development of all operating items of the class. 


It is essential to read carefully the guidance dossier where you will find a development of all items of the course, which will lead you to its successful completion.

Throughout the semester, support materials  will be available on page of the Sigarra.
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