Work and Organizational Psychology - Seminar class
Seminarhold 1: Paul Conway - The psychosocial work environment, stress and organisational behaviour: issues in assessment and intervention.
How does the psychosocial work environment affect stress, work engagement and organizational behaviour? How do we assess the psychosocial work environment in work organisations and design effective intervention processes?
These are common questions facing occupational and organisational psychologists as they deal with issues related to the psychosocial work environment and its impact on employees’ health and well-being. The aim of this seminar is to introduce students to theories, methods and procedures that can be used to assess and manage the psychosocial work environment in work organisations.
Key topics covered in the course are:
- Theoretical and methodological approaches to the understanding of different types of job demands and job resources, and their differential impact on health, well-being and organizational behaviour;
- Theoretical and practical approaches to occupational health assessment and intervention;
- Workplace bullying: concept, measurement, antecedents and
consequences, and intervention levels.
Through group activities and case analyses, the students will be introduced to the challenges of translating theory into practice.
Type of instruction and exam regulations:
A substantial part of the teaching is based on the active participation of students in group activities proposed during the course. Therefore, you should expect a limited use of lectures during the seminar. Preparation on the assigned literature is recommended prior to each class. The students are expected to deliver two individual assignments consisting of papers wherein theories, methods and procedures learned during the course will be applied to the analysis of specific problems relevant to the course subject. Each student is also required to provide feedback on one assignment elaborated by a peer. At the end of the seminar, the students must submit to the teacher a portfolio including all the material produced during the course.
By the end of the seminar, students will be able to:
- select and account in a coherent manner for key work and organisational psychology concepts, theories and empirical evidence relevant to illustrating a given problem within the subject area covered by the seminar
- account for key similarities and differences between the concepts, theories and empirical data covered
- analyse and discuss possible interrelationships in work and organisational psychology problems from a theoretical and research perspective
- discuss the analysis of the problem using a coherent form of academic argumentation
- analyse, critically reflect upon and justify the strengths and weaknesses of work and organisational psychology processes, interventions and preventative measures.
600 pages of mandatory literature and 200 pages of self-chosenliterature
Registration period May 15 - June 1
November 15 - December 1
International students can find information on course registration and deadlines at New exchange and guest students – Faculty of Social Sciences - University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Course participationCourse participation
- Type of assessment details
- see exam registration requirements
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
See "Learning outcome"
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
1 semester10 weeks, starts week 36 or 6
- Autumn And Spring
- About 30 students per class
- Department of Psychology, Study Council
- Department of Psychology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Paul Maurice Conway (11-7263776e3065717079637b4272757b306d7730666d)
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