Two weeks ago my new course started and I must say: It is very intense! I find the topic extremely interesting, since power, change & resistance are everywhere – not only in organizational context. During the course, we approach these concepts from various theoretical perspectives. In order to question, compare and apply these theories, a lot (and I really mean a lot) of reading is required. I did not enjoy all the readings to the same extent but some of them were really eye-opening and gave fresh and unexpected ideas. The good thing is that the course is very structured, which means you always know what you are expected to have prepared.
Reading literature is of course not all – the course also consists of group assignments and one individual essay. In groups, we analyzed tactics of power in a case study, and looked for faces of resistance in “Working Girl”, a movie from the 80’s. I enjoyed both of these tasks a lot, and it was especially fun to watch the movie (the outfits and young Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin make it already worthwhileJ). In the 3000 word individual essay, we are expected to choose one of six given statements/questions and critically discuss it by using the studied course literature.
This course is focused on personal learning progress, which is reflected in the examination. We do not get graded on the assignments and essays we hand in at first; rather the re-worked versions (that should integrate the feedback received during the seminars) are evaluated at the end of the course. I think this approach is very good, as you do not have to “get it right” from the start. By receiving detailed feedback and actually having time to adapt my papers, I hope to improve my academic writing and analytical skills.
For further information about this course you can check the web page or just ask a question in the comments and I will get back to you.