ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Title CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES IN MANAGEMENT
Code ULMS366
Coordinator Dr CG Marechal
Work, Organisation and Management
G.Marechal@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

ULMS151 ORGANISATIONS AND MANAGEMENT; ULMS101 FUNCTIONS OF BUSINESS I; ACFI151 BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT 

Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   6

      12

24

6

48
Timetable (if known)   60 mins X 1 totaling 12
 
      120 mins X 1 totaling 24
60 mins X 1 totaling 12
60 mins X 1 totaling 12
 
 
Private Study 90
TOTAL HOURS 138

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 3: Written Open Book Examination Assessment Type: Written Exam Duration: 2 hours Weighting: 40% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard UoL Penalty A  24 hours ( 2 hours c    40       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 2: Group presentation Assessment Type: Practical Assessment Duration: 20 minutes Weighting: 30% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard UoL penalty a  20 minutes    30       
Assessment 1: Reflective learning journal Assessment Type: Coursework Size: 3000 words Weighting: 30% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard UoL penalty applie  -3000 words    30       

Aims

A primary aim of the module is to invite students to consider the consequences of traditional orthodox management theory and practice for people in organizations (including managers) and society at large, and to examine the extent to which critical theory can inform more humanist approaches to management thinking. It aims in particular:

To provide students with a sound understanding of a variety of critical perspectives on management, and their relation to society;

Provide students with the theoretical tools necessary for the critical analysis of the process of management from sociological and philosophical perspectives;

To explore the extent to which critical theory can contribute to the
development of progressive, alternative and future-oriented management thinking;

To support the enhancement of skills in critical analysis, critical reflection, and written and spoken communication.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A critical understanding of the theories, concepts and empirical work that constitute the field of critical management studies

(LO2) A critical awareness of the multi-disciplinary aspects of management and the ability to critically analyse the activities of contemporary organizations

(LO3) The ability to develop critical questions about organizations and the tools to carry out appropriate critical inquiry to pursue their resolution.

(LO4) The ability to evaluate corporate activities with regard to their potentialconsequences for issues that are important from critical perspectives (such asequality, control, exploitation, and resistance)

(LO5) The ability to craft and communicate arguments from different criticalperspectives

(LO6) The ability to critically reflect on their own learning and envisage their futuremanagement practice critically

(S1) Analytical skills

(S2) Teamwork

(S3) Organisational skills

(S4) Analytical writing skills

(S5) International awareness

(S6) Ethical awareness


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method: Online Asynchronous Learning Materials
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours: 12
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Method – Large Group Teaching
Description: Key concepts, authors and theoretical perspectives will be introduced and discussed in lectures, in an interactive manner. Students are expected to complete key readings to prepare for each session and contribute to group discussions during the lecture.
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 24
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method – Seminar
Description: Thematically-focused academic papers and/or workshops will provide the basis for the development of critical thinking in seminar through engaged interaction and group discussions.
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 6
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method: Group Study
Description: Bi-weekly 1 hour session to foster student community and engagement by working with others on their 18;active learning’ activities
Scheduled Student Hours: 6
Attendance Recorded: No

Self-Directed hours : 102

Costs Information:
Students will not incur additional costs as a result of taking this module

There are the following non-modular requirements:
Students must have taken one of the following module or an equivalent module: ACFI151, ULMS101 or ULMS151

This module is a pre-requisite for the following modules:
ULMS352

Skills/Other Attributes Mapping

Skills / attributes: Analytical skills
How this is developed: Through critical engagement with the key concepts, authors and perspectives covered throughout the course
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Examination, Group presentation and Reflective learning journal

Skills / attributes: Teamwork
How this is developed: Group discussions in tutorials and groupwork to prepare and provide the group presentation
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Grou p presentation

Skills / attributes: Analytical writing skills
How this is developed: Through critical engagement with the key concepts, authors and perspectives discussed in lectures and tutorials, and introduced in the core and further reading provided as part of the course
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Examination and Reflective learning journal

Skills / attributes: Ethical awareness
How this is developed: Throughout the module
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Reflective learning journal

Skills / attributes: International awareness
How this is developed: Through continued critical engagement with the workings of global capitalism and its implications in terms of both production and consumption
Mode of assessment (if applicable)

Skills / attributes: Organisational skills
How this is developed: Through continued critical engagement with the workings of global capitalism and its implications in terms of managing and organisin g the labour process as well as subjects at work
Mode of assessment (if applicable)


Syllabus

 

Introduction: What is Critical Management/inquiry?;

Marxism and LPT;

Bureaucracy and Rationality;

Foucault, Discipline and the Rise of Institutions;

Anarchy, social movements and collective action;

Three Perspectives on Power;

Conflict and Resistance at Work;

Gender;

Subjectivity and Identity;

Commodification and Consumption.


Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.