Business and management studies

Critical Perspectives (with a Study Visit)

Module code: N1610
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

This course aims to introduce students to a number of advanced topics in the field of organisation and management studies. It draws upon contemporary research and adopts a critical and analytical perspective to study complex issues that surround the management of organisations today. Some of the topics that will be covered are: 1. Critical Thinking 2. Critical Theory and Critical Management Studies 3. Inequalities in the work place (Race, Gender, Age, Religion, Sexual Orientation) 4. Critical Perspectives on a. Globalisation and culture (on a geographic and company level) b. Marketing, Business Ethics and Consumer Ethics c. CSR as well as Ecological and Societal (ir)responsibilities d. Accounting, Audits, the banking sector and tax avoidance e. Hierarchical Leadership and Organisations Lectures and Seminars of this module are take either during Freshers’ Week or Reading Week. Students travel abroad for 7 days and receive the equivalent of 9x3 hours of teaching and will take the remaining 6 hours as seminars when back at Sussex.

Module learning outcomes

  • Develop a critical and analytical perspective to the study of management and organisations
  • Evaluate contemporary practices in the management of organisations
  • Evaluate alternative aspects in the practice of managing organisations and their implications