Elective course - Psychosocial Job Stress and Chronic Disease

Course content

Can psychosocial conditions at work cause disease? What are the mechanisms? Which psychosocial work conditions cause stress, and how do we assess these conditions? How can we intervene against job stress? These and other questions are the topics for the course. The course is interdisciplinary, 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 psychosocial stressors on health and wellbeing, with applications for cardiovascular disease (CVD), depression, and other chronic diseases. The course includes both structured lectures that introduce and review various concepts and methods, and group work were where students are encouraged to engage with fellow students and researchers. These lectures and group work cover topics such as models of psychosocial job stress, mechanisms between psychosocial job stress and health, critical discussion of the association between job stress and chronic diseases, and job stress interventions.


Learning outcome

The purpose of these modules is to expand knowledge or put the psychological subject area into perspective through theoretical or empirical specialisation within subject areas within or related to psychology. Upon completion of the elective subject module within the Department of Psychology, students are able to:

  • describe and account for relevant concepts and themes within the elective subject
  • describe and account for relevant methodological approaches in relation to the subject matter for the elective subject
  • explain contexts, analyse and/or conduct procedures relevant to the elective subject under supervision.
  • discuss themes/problems relevant to the elective course or interpret cases/data related to the elective course.
Not relevant
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Final exam: Free written exam to be handed in at the end of the course.
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
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

14 weeks, starts week 36
About 30 students
Department of Psychology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Psychology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Jesper Kristiansen   (3-56575e4c7a726d3a7077)
Saved on the 15-10-2021

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