Work and Organizational Psychology - Seminar class

Course content

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.


Learning outcome

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


Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation
Course participation
Type of assessment details
see exam registration requirements
Exam registration requirements

Requirements for passing the seminar are (a) attendance at minimum 75% of the classes, (b) active participation in class as described in the course content for the individual seminar class.

Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Autumm/spring course participation


Autumm/spring course participation

Criteria for exam assessment

See "Learning outcome"

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 30
  • English
  • 30


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

10 weeks, starts week 36 or 6
Autumn And Spring
About 30 students per class
Department of Psychology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Psychology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Paul Maurice Conway   (11-7263776e3065717079637b4272757b306d7730666d)
Saved on the 28-04-2023

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