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Course Listing for FORMAL ORGANIZATIONS - Spring 2022 (ALL: 01/31/2022 - 05/16/2022)
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2802 FORG-201-01 Form Org & Mkt Behavior 1.00 SEM Thomas, Signe T: 1:15PM-3:55PM MC - 313 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  This course will consider the likely behavior within Formal Organizations using the benchmark of economic thinking and market mechanisms. The course will discuss the role of prices, property, and profit and loss in a market economy, and it will ponder to what extent such arrangements might be applied within firms. It will discuss potential problems of organization when concerns for opportunity cost, economic calculation, or entrepreneurial thinking are lacking. Students will read classic and modern economic texts and then read business case studies to explore when and where the lessons of economics might apply.
2803 FORG-201-02 Form Org & Mkt Behavior 1.00 SEM Thomas, Signe T: 6:30PM-9:30PM MC - 313 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  This course will consider the likely behavior within Formal Organizations using the benchmark of economic thinking and market mechanisms. The course will discuss the role of prices, property, and profit and loss in a market economy, and it will ponder to what extent such arrangements might be applied within firms. It will discuss potential problems of organization when concerns for opportunity cost, economic calculation, or entrepreneurial thinking are lacking. Students will read classic and modern economic texts and then read business case studies to explore when and where the lessons of economics might apply.
3173 FORG-212-01 Method Individualism 1.00 SEM Stringham, Edward W: 1:15PM-3:55PM LIB - 119 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Formal Organizations 201, or consent of instructor
  The course studies common methods used for conducting research about how formal organizations pursue, or ineffectively pursue, collective goals. Where the sociologist and political economic historian Max Weber maintains that one can only describe social phenomena by looking at individual motivations and actions, the sociologist Emile Durkheim maintains "determining cause of a social fact should be sought among the social facts preceding it and not among the states of the individual consciousness." Certain methodological positivists, in contrast, argue that empirical studies with predictive capacity are the only findings that matter. This reading and writing intensive course studies different perspectives of when particular research methods help understand social phenomena. Students learn to use a method to conduct a case study of organizations of their choice.
2786 FORG-226-01 Entrepreneurship and Society 1.00 SEM Thomas, Signe W: 1:15PM-3:55PM HHN - 105 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Formal Organizations 201, or consent of instructor
  The course analyzes social entrepreneurship and evaluates its special role in meeting human needs and solving societal problems. The course compares and contrasts social entrepreneurship to two other kinds of organizations: traditional kinds of not-for-profit organizations, and for-profit firms. The course provides a systematic account of motivations and behaviors in social entrepreneurship and in social enterprises. The course assesses a variety of theories of social entrepreneurship. The course draws on historical and institutional examples throughout and has a strong emphasis on urban and global issues.
2779 FORG-280-01 College 1.00 SEM Alcorn, John MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM HHN - 105 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 12 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Also cross-referenced with EDUC
  An interdisciplinary analysis of selective liberal-arts colleges and kindred universities. Topics include rankings, admissions, diversity, athletics, social life, governance, and payoff. The course has a seminar format. The seminar serves as an introductory case study in formal organizations.
1301 FORG-302-01 Seminar in Entrepreneurship 1.00 SEM Curtis, Michael W: 1:15PM-3:55PM AAC - 231 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  An examination of the scholarship of creating value in the economy. There will discussions of the primary literature and case studies which include non-profits and governments as well as private enterprises. There will also be visits by several successful entrepreneurs. Each student will participate in creating a business plan that combines elements of the theory with a proposal for innovation. The seminar is intended to be helpful to a student of any major which is anticipating creative projects after graduation. Limited to juniors or seniors. There are no prerequisites as to courses but almost all students will have basic economics. Discuss this with the instructor if you are uncertain of your preparation. This seminar fulfills the track for an emphasis in entrepreneurship which is an option in the Formal Organizations Minor. Each student should bring a suggested entrepreneurial project. This section will illustrate entrepreneurship by using examples from current environmental-enterprise opportunities. Several places are reserved for students with a concentration in the environmental sciences. See instructors for admission pins. As much as ½ the class is held open for Environmental Science and other Engineering and Science Majors.
2041 FORG-302-02 Seminar in Entrepreneurship 1.00 SEM Curtis, Michael W: 6:30PM-9:00PM MC - 313 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  An examination of the scholarship of creating value in the economy. There will discussions of the primary literature and case studies which include non-profits and governments as well as private enterprises. There will also be visits by several successful entrepreneurs. Each student will participate in creating a business plan that combines elements of the theory with a proposal for innovation. The seminar is intended to be helpful to a student of any major which is anticipating creative projects after graduation. Limited to juniors or seniors. There are no prerequisites as to courses but almost all students will have basic economics. Discuss this with the instructor if you are uncertain of your preparation. This seminar fulfills the track for an emphasis in entrepreneurship which is an option in the Formal Organizations Minor. Each student should bring a suggested entrepreneurial project. This section will illustrate entrepreneurship by using examples from current environmental-enterprise opportunities. Several places are reserved for students with a concentration in the environmental sciences. See instructors for admission pins. As much as ½ the class is held open for Environmental Science and other Engineering and Science Majors.
2042 FORG-302-03 Seminar in Entrepreneurship 1.00 SEM Curtis, Michael MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM SH - N128 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  An examination of the scholarship of creating value in the economy. There will discussions of the primary literature and case studies which include non-profits and governments as well as private enterprises. There will also be visits by several successful entrepreneurs. Each student will participate in creating a business plan that combines elements of the theory with a proposal for innovation. The seminar is intended to be helpful to a student of any major which is anticipating creative projects after graduation. Limited to juniors or seniors. There are no prerequisites as to courses but almost all students will have basic economics. Discuss this with the instructor if you are uncertain of your preparation. This seminar fulfills the track for an emphasis in entrepreneurship which is an option in the Formal Organizations Minor. Each student should bring a suggested entrepreneurial project. This section will illustrate entrepreneurship by using examples from current environmental-enterprise opportunities. Several places are reserved for students with a concentration in the environmental sciences. See instructors for admission pins. As much as ½ the class is held open for Environmental Science and other Engineering and Science Majors.
2780 FORG-325-01 Sports 1.00 SEM Alcorn, John MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM HHN - 105 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  An introduction to the social science of sports. We will focus on motivations and behaviors in sports organizations and markets. We will compare and contrast college, professional, individual, team, and international sports. Specific topics are stakeholders (agents, athletes, fans, clubs, leagues, media, owners, and sponsors), governance (rules and informal honor codes), and dysfunctions (bias, corruption, discrimination, and doping). An overarching topic is: What are sports for? We will review answers from economics, sociology, and psychology, and develop our own. The course has a seminar format. Students will lead classes with presentations about assigned materials and debates about policy issues; for example, pay-for-play for college athletes, performance-enhancing drugs, and Title IX. There will be guest visits by experts from the field.
2518 FORG-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 1.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Obtain registration form from the Registrar's Office.
2285 FORG-466-01 Teaching Assistantship 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.