Module: Critical Issues in Organisations

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours

Module content

This module will provide the student with appropriate critical theoretical tools to analyse organizational issues.

The student can choose from the list of indicative topics below (and others, subject to approval) in creating their independent pathway through the curriculum: Women and organisation; Stress, bullying and control in the workplace; Race, ‘Othering’ and Inclusion; Indigenous ways of knowing; Postcolonialism and organisational analysis; Organisation and management in postmodernism; Critical Theory; Using film, documentary film and narrative to study and research organisation; Global complexity and organisation; The Philosophical writings of Paul Ricoeur on interpretation and meaning, and Michel Foucault on discourse, power and knowledge. 

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, the student must be able to:

  • Understand the history and purpose of Critical Theory and apply it to the analysis of organizational issues
  • Demonstrate a capacity for the independent synthesis of controversial issues, thinking, and ideas in organisation studies
  • Come to a reasoned judgment on such issues and defend their position in writing and group discussion drawing from different theoretical perspectives and different knowledge positions


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Collaborative Exercise 60%
Coursework Individual Learning Notes 40%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students will be expected to consult the texts below:

  • HARDY, C., and PHILLIPS, N. (2002) Discourse Analysis: Investigating Processes of Social Construction. Sage
  • McAULEY J., DUBERLEY, J., JOHNSON, P. (2006) Organization Theory: Challenges and Perspectives. Prentice Hall
  • PRASAD, A. (2003) Postcolonial Theory and Organizational Analysis: A Critical Reader. Palgrave MacMillan
  • PRASAD, P. (2005) Crafting Qualitative Research: Working in the Postpositivist Tradition. M.E.Sharpe