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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Research Seminar "HR and Organizational Studies”

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 1-4 модуль


Арлашкина Ольга Владимировна

Орлова Надежда Александровна

Course Syllabus


The main goal of the research seminar is to give the students general understanding of academic reading and to provide support for the start of their own yearly essay/bachelor thesis. In the course of the research seminar, students will get acquainted with highly-cited academic articles and chapters from books in human research management and organizational research, consider problematic cases, elaborate on research questions and research design, and discuss research approaches and tools.Thematically, the research seminar “HR and organizational studies”is focused on the inner environment of the organization, the approaches to the research of human resources, people behavior in organizational environment and HR management issues.Students will learn about HR professional standards and career paths, current trends of qualitative and quantitative research in organizations, application of sociological research methods for the HR, and modern management approaches to the teamwork in applied projects. Since efficient teamwork in organizations requires skills of cooperation, effective interaction and collaboration, students will study methods of evaluating teamwork, team dynamics research and team coaching.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • • Gain skills in reading and analyzing academic literature • Study the key issues of current HR and organizational studies • Get an overview of major theories to apply them for solving practical problems and research questions in organizational studies • Practice research design development • Learn professional standards of personnel management • Explore current areas of research in organizational behavior • Researcher practical problems in the field of personnel management as a novice HR practitioner • Study the features of team dynamics • Learn methods of management at different stages of team development • Practice skills of team coaching
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to find and analyze relevant academic publications
  • Know core social problems in the HR and organizational studies and basic theories to tackle them
  • Be able to analyze practical issues in the HR and organizational studies by applying sociological theories and conceptions
  • Receive skills of designing their own research on the HR and organizational problems
  • Find their personal carrier paths in HR
  • Learn trends and goals of organizational behavior research
  • Develop research tools for professional tasks
  • Know the stages of team dynamics
  • Be acquainted with the management methods necessary to work with a team at different stages
  • Have practiced methods of working with teams
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Module 1. Academic readingand the basics of student scientific work (A.V. Nemirovskaya)
  • Module 2. Methods of research and practice (O.V. Arlashkina)
  • Module 3. Development of the students’ research proposals (A.V. Nemirovskaya, O.V. Arlashkina)
  • Module 4 (for 2nd and 3d year students): practical research projects (N.A. Orlova)
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Homework (2nd module)
  • non-blocking Test (4 module)
  • non-blocking Class activity (1st module)
  • non-blocking Homework (Extended abstract) (1st module)
  • non-blocking Project presentation (2nd module)
    Presentation of a project – for grade 9-10 Description: A project should be written on a topic offered by the lecturer or by the student him/herself and approved by lecturer. The project must include clear statement of a research problem; include an analysis of the problem by using concepts and analytical tools within the subject that generalize the point of view of the author.
  • non-blocking Class activity (2nd module)
  • non-blocking In-class participation (4 module)
  • non-blocking Project Work (4 module)
  • non-blocking Class activity (3rd module)
  • non-blocking Homework (Project presentation) (3rd module)
    Homework: preparation and presentation of the presentation of research proposals (for the 4th year – an individual oral pre-defense of the research proposal, for the 2nd and the 3rd year –presentations in class in groups of 3 students).
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 4th module
    Final grade: average grade of 4 modules grades 1st module: Class activity * 0.5 + Homework (Extended abstract) * 0.5 2nd module: Class activity * 0.4 + Homework * 0.4 + Project presentation * 0.2 3rd module: Class activity * 0.5 + Homework (Project presentation) * 0.5 4th module: 0.4*in-class participation + 0.4*project + 0.2*test
  • 2023/2024 3rd module


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Klaus Weber, & Brayden King. (2013). Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.A3D65461
  • Schneider, B., & Barbera, K. M. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Climate and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=761189
  • The five dysfunctions of a team, Lencioni, P., 2002

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Alan Bryman, & The Programme Aims. (2001). Social research methods. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.151A861A
  • Brewerton, P., & Millward, L. (2001). Organizational Research Methods : A Guide for Students and Researchers. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=251199