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This assessment provides you with the foundations you need to complete Assessments 2 and 3. By completing this assessment you will learn how to critically analyse and deconstruct people’s perspectives on organisations and management.
This is important, because it enables you to:
This assessment is authentic in that it develops and emulates the kind of critical thinking you will need to employ when working in organisations where you are required to weigh information or views that are put before you, as part of your decision-making and solution-development processes.
To complete this assessment you must analyse and deconstruct one of three articles / media clips (details provided below), decide which paradigm discussed in the lectures the article/media clip best embodies, and explain why this is so. To “deconstruct” something is to look beyond the surface of what is being said or written; it is to pull an argument apart and look for the assumptions and agenda that informs a person’s viewpoint and argumentation.
Each article/media clip more or less clearly embodies a particular paradigm, although they are not perfect or “ideal” fits with the paradigms. The challenge with this assessment is to demonstrate your knowledge and skills by explaining why your chosen article/media clip exemplifies a particular paradigm. Note that there is no functionalist article/media clip available to deconstruct for your assignment. Instead, we will workshop a functionalist article in class, to demonstrate how you might approach the assignment and analyse your chosen article/clip. Rest assured we will workshop ALL the articles/readings in class.
The three articles/media clips for you to choose for your deconstruction are:
How to approach the assessment
1. Listen to Lectures 1 – 5 closely, taking notes as you go on the characteristics of each paradigm.
2. Attend your tutorials, where the paradigms will be discussed.
3. Read/listen to the three articles/media clips, and choose one that you wish to deconstruct.
We provide worksheets for each paradigm to help you identify the relevant characteristics of the paradigm that the article / media clip exemplifies. We will be workshopping each article in class. The relevant worksheets are provided in the tutorial activities (e.g. Module 3 tutorial activities contains a worksheet for the interpretivist / social relativist reading). Do NOT submit the worksheet as your assignment.
4. Review the following text, focusing particularly on your chosen paradigm: Burrell, G. & Morgan, G. 1979, Sociological paradigms and organisational analysis, Routledge, USA. (Part 1, Chapters 1–3, pp. 1–37). For access, see the Reading List (essential reading).
5. In 1,000 words (+/- 10%, excluding references) build your case as to why your chosen article/media clip exemplifies its given paradigm. Below are guiding questions to consider and respond to:
Course learning outcomes
This assessment is relevant to the following course learning outcomes:
Identify different analytical perspectives employed to understand organisations at the individual, social, and structural levels.
Interpret and apply these multiple perspectives to empirically analyse organisations and the contexts in which they operate.
Draw on different analytical perspectives as the basis for a socially responsible, ideologically aware approach towards organisational problem-solving.
Evaluate knowledge assumptions, including one’s own, and come to recognise their management implications and practical consequences.
Use RMIT Harvard (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) referencing style for this assessment.
You must acknowledge all the courses of information you have used in your assessments.
Refer to the RMIT Easy Cite (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) referencing tool to see examples and tips on how to reference in the appropriated style. You can also refer to the library referencing page for more tools such as EndNote, referencing tutorials and referencing guides for printing.
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