Organizations, work & occupations

Like families, organizations are important social institutions. This area is designed to increase students’ knowledge and mastery of a range of organizations, including business firms, non-profit organizations, and government bodies. Going along with that, students are expected to understand the nature of experiences with these institutions (e.g., among workers or employees within firms) and how organizations interface with other social institutions (e.g., the family). Students learn theories (e.g., about the role that social networks play and guiding people into occupations, or how organizations form ties with each other) and become familiar with the methods that are required to study these processes (e.g., social network analysis).