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Course Listing for FORMAL ORGANIZATIONS - Spring 2021 (ALL: 02/08/2021 - 05/17/2021)
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2092 FORG-201-01 Form Org & Mkt Behavior 1.00 SEM Thomas, Signe W: 2:00PM-4:40PM SH - S201 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 16 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 13 weeks
  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.
3227 FORG-211-05 Internship with Seminar II 1.00 SEM Alcorn, John M: 7:30PM-8:45PM SH - N217 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 10 weeks
  This seminar is designed to complement internships in formal organizations (public or private; for profit or not-for-profit). The topic is “normative analysis of organizations.” We will compare and contrast positive and negative assessments of organizations by outstanding social scientists. Students will analyze their field experiences in light of concepts from these studies. We will consider also how liberal-arts education might prepare students to achieve ethical standards in organizations.
2356 FORG-220-01 Prototypes & Models Formal Org 1.00 LEC Stringham, Edward T: 2:00PM-4:40PM SH - N128 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 13 weeks
  An exploration of the origins and growth of the basic types of formal organizations. Particular attention is given to the historical appearance of patterns of human action and the creation of organizations to maximize their effectiveness, the development of property rights and their adaptation to changing conditions, and practices and procedures devised to deal with limited information and uncertainty. There will be numerous case studies of the creation and performance of formal organizations such as financial markets and rules for land usage. This course is central to the Formal Organizations minor and strongly recommended for those anticipating completing the minor.
2730 FORG-226-01 Entrepreneurship and Society 1.00 SEM Thomas, Signe T: 2:00PM-4:40PM SH - N215 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 13 weeks
  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.
1482 FORG-280-01 College 1.00 SEM Alcorn, John MWF: 11:20AM-12:25PM SH - N215 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 16 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 10 weeks
  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.
1317 FORG-302-01 Seminar in Entrepreneurship 1.00 SEM Curtis, Michael W: 2:00PM-4:40PM SH - N217 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 16 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 13 weeks
  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.
2093 FORG-302-02 Seminar in Entrepreneurship 1.00 SEM Curtis, Michael W: 6:15PM-8:45PM SH - N217 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 16 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 13 weeks
  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.
2094 FORG-302-03 Seminar in Entrepreneurship 1.00 SEM Curtis, Michael MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM SH - N128 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 16 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 13 weeks
  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.
2806 FORG-309-01 Matching Markets 1.00 SEM Stringham, Edward W: 2:00PM-4:40PM LSC - 134 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 16 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 13 weeks
  An introduction to qualitative analysis of matching in society. Matches are pairings, exchanges, and allocations where a person must choose a match, and also be chosen. Matching is a crucial part of life. We will examine the roles of formal organizations, markets, social norms, and signaling behaviors in matching. We will study a wide array of examples: assortative mating (dating and marriage), jobs, college admissions, adoption, visas, kidney exchanges, medical residencies, judicial clerkships, college bowl games, dormitory room allocation, and software matching (Uber, Airbnb).
1977 FORG-325-01 Sports 1.00 SEM Alcorn, John MWF: 10:00AM-11:05AM SH - N215 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 17 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 10 weeks
  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.
2926 FORG-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 1.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 13 weeks
  Obtain registration form from the Registrar's Office.
3101 FORG-466-01 Teaching Assistantship 0.50 - 1.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person Course Length: 13 weeks
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.