Human Resource Management (HRMT) 389

Transforming Organizations: From Hierarchical to Participatory Organizations (Revision 1)

HRMT 389 course cover

Permanently closed, June 23, 2009.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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The course will introduce you to a feminist analysis of the theory and practices of organizing, and to the transformatory organizing strategies that can bring about change in the larger society. We all want to know about successful organizing strategies so that we can get what we want done well, and many of us want to know how to do that without exploiting other people. Too often organizing strategies exclude, marginalize, or subordinate. However, this course argues that if we marginalize, exclude and continually redefine the different as lesser in our organizations, two consequences are inevitable. First, we’re not going to be able to work together to get things done very effectively. Second, and as a direct result of this marginalization and exclusion, we are not going to learn how to be successful strategists.


  • Unit 1: Theoretical Underpinnings
  • Unit 2: Creating the Non-hierarchical Workplace: Grounding the Issue
  • Unit 3: Creating the Non-hierarchical Workplace: Defining the Issue
  • Unit 4: Creating the Non-hierarchical Workplace: Developing the Strategy
  • Unit 5: Transformatory Organizing


To receive credit for HRMT 389, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on each of the written assignments. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Five Telephone Quizzes (one after each unit) Four Journal Assignments, Parts A & B
(one after each of Units 1, 2, 3, & 4)
Research Paper Outline (during Unit 5) Research Paper (after Unit 5) Total
25% 40% 10% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Brown, Helen. Women Organizing.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide, student manual, reading file, and a workbook, Debra Lewis & Jan Barnsley: Strategies for Change: From Women's Experience to a Plan for Action.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1.

Updated January 21 2016 by Student & Academic Services