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Psychology Ma, Organizational- and social psychology, 7.5 Credits

General data

Code: PS038A
Subject/Main field: Psykologi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Psychology and Social Work
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/10/2013
Date of change: 10/3/2014
Version valid from: 8/15/2014


The aim of this course is to impart knowledge and deeper understanding of the organizational behaviour and social processes that support the development of congenial, learning oriented, efficient organizations.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of the course the student shall be able to

Knowledge and understanding
• give an account of the main theories leading to the creation and maintenance of organizations that are congenial, learning oriented and efficient.
• describe individual and group behaviour of importance for the social structure of the organization and for achieving and sustaining congenial, learning oriented and efficient workplaces.

Skills and abilities
• apply relevant knowledge of social and organizational psychology to solving issues related to achieving a congenial, learning oriented, efficient organization.
• plan for creation of a social structure and related processes that will support the development of individuals, work teams and the entire workplace towards becoming a congenial, learning oriented, efficient organization.
• evaluate and analyze the effects of different interventions intended to encourage the development of congenial, learning oriented, efficient workplaces.

Judgment and professional approach
• examine and evaluate intervention processes in organizations from scientific, qualitative and ethical perspectives.


This course is intended to give advanced knowledge of organizational and social psychology with focus on social interaction within organizations; between management and employees and among employees, along with the various structures and processes that are preconditions for achieving congenial, learning oriented, efficient organizations.
The course covers the following themes:
• further exploration of central theories along with discussion of current research in the fields of organizational and social psychology with focus on organizational climate and cultures, and social interaction/relationships and their effect on employees’ well being and development
• learning and social development in organizations
• scientific method in organizational and social psychological research

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor with 90 credits in psychology, including thesis work of at least 15 credits, or corresponding foreign education.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Learning is through the execution of a project, based on theoretical and/or empirical studies, where the student in close collaboration with a supervisor shall focus on, apply and evaluate knowledge gained in the fields of organizational and social psychology.

Examination form

Examination is by presentation and discussion of a written report at a designated seminar.

For subject specific grading criteria see

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Fiske, S.
Title: Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: John Wiley & Son

Author: Robbins, S.P., & Judge, T.A.
Title: Organizational Behavior
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education