Elective course - Psychosocial Job Stress and Chronic Disease

Course content

Can social conditions at work cause disease? What are the mechanisms? How do we assess and quantify social conditions and their effects? How do adverse psychosocial conditions affect the employees? These and other questions are the topics for the course. The course is inter_disciplinary, and will introduce commonly used models of work-related stress, as well as broadly applicable methods for measuring the physiological effects of stress on the body. These methods are useful in understanding the effects of job stress and social stressors on health and wellbeing, with applications for cardiovascular disease (CVD), depression, metabolic illness, musculoskeletal pain, and asthma. The course includes both structured lectures that introduce and review various concepts and methods, and workshops where students are encouraged to engage with fellow students and researchers from the National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE). These workshops will cover topics such as job stress measurement, cardiovascular monitoring of stress response, and linkages between job stress biomarkers and chronic diseases.


Learning outcome

The goal of elective courses is an expansion or an additional perspective upon the psychological field. This is achieved through theoretical or empirical engagement in themes within or related to the psychological science. Elective courses can be taken in the Department of Psychology or in other departments.

Type of assessment
Written assignment, one week
Active participation: a minimum of 75 % attendance
Final exam: one-week assignment
The exam can only be taken individually, but the paper can be written in groups of maximum three students. Length of the paper: max. 8 pages for 1 student, max.12 pages for 2 students, max. 14 pages for 3 students.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Vejledende karakterbeskrivelse (Danish)

International students: If you require a grade, please inform the exam administration prior to the exam periods by sending an email with your student ID and the course name to eksamen@psy.ku.dk .

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