6317 - Organisational analysis
Course information
Organisational analysis
Course number
Academic year
History and Social Sciences
BSSc in Politics and Administration, BSSc in Social Sciences
Grammar-school education is a prerequisite. The course is developed in accordance to the Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration, but the course is also suitable for social science students.
Language of instruction
The course is taught in Faroese. Instructional materials are in English, Faroese and Scandinavian languages. Lectures, exercises etc. are in Faroese.
Students on the fourth semester of Bachelor of Social Science in Politics and Administration, Bachelor of Social Science in Social Science and applicants for an individual course apply via the Faculty of History and Social Sciences Office.
Beginning date
Monday, January 30, 2023
End date
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Academic content
The objective of the course is to provide the students with independent ability to read organization studies literature where the students should be able use central concepts, methods, and reasoning when analyzing organizations and organizational challenges/opportunities.
Learning outcomes
When the course is finished the student will be able to analyze how leaders, employees, and the environment experience, interpret, and interact in one or several organizations. The student must independently be able to: • Present and discuss theoretical perspectives on what an organization is and why organizations exist. • Analyze and discuss pros and cons regarding the resources and instruments use by organizations and organizational members. • Analyze how organizations are affected by the environment and how organization adapt in according to these surroundings. • Use relevant material from the curriculum to understand and explain internal and external challenges for organizations – also in relation to organizing. Hereby, the student will be able to provide advice on, and direction for, how these challenges should be controlled. • Conduct critical assessment of how and why theories and concepts are relevant in concrete situations (critical reflection).
The course focus is on how organizations (workplaces) function. Students will be introduced to different organizational theories and concepts that enable the students to analyze and discuss what an organization is, how the organization functions, and what challenges/opportunities an organization has. Hereby, the course gives an introduction to and an understanding of how processes, structures, power, routines etc., function in organizational settings, which are intertwined with societal settings. The course´s foundation rests on three core topics: 1. How have the organizational theories developed, and why are organizations a part of our everyday life and society (going behind the concept of organization)? 2. Which resources are important input to organizations? 3. Which instruments are used/utilized in organizational relationships? Combined with the organizational theories the course gives the students insights on different methods when working on analyzing organizations.
Learning and teaching approaches
The theories and concepts from curriculum will be presented in lectures and concretely mobilized in the exercise sessions. In the exercise sessions the students will discuss and work with cases.
Assessment method
Oral examination based on written home assignment (15 pages), which is delineated on time and topics.
Examination (internal/external)
Grading scale
Exam date/dates
The home assignment is due for submission on 19 May 2023 and the oral presentation is set for 19 June 2023.
Deadline for withdrawal from exam
Monday, February 13, 2023
Academic responsibility and teachers
Academic responsibility
Herit Vivi Bentsdóttir Albinus
Anna Maria Ellingsgaard