APSK15110U Work and Organizational Psychology - Seminar class

Volume 2019/2020

Seminarhold 1: Paul Conway - The psychosocial work environment, stress and organisational behaviour: issues in assessment and intervention.

Work and Organisational Psychology studies the relationship between individuals, work and organisations, as well as the assessment of, intervention in and evaluation of the organisational, group and individual demands and opportunities associated with mastering the functions of an organisation.

The objectives of the module in Work and Organisational Psychology are to provide students with an advanced introduction to theory and practices in relation to working conditions and forms of groups and organisations, as well as methods of management that promote individual and organisational skills enhancement, performance and well-being.

Which factors of the psychosocial work environment lead to stress, low work engagement and negative organizational behaviour? And which ones lead to positive outcomes instead? How to assess the psychosocial work environment in work organisations, and how to design successful intervention processes and evaluate their effectiveness?

These are common questions facing occupational 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 organisations.  

Key topics addressed by 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; 
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the evaluation of occupational health interventions.


Through the analysis of specific problems and cases, the students will be introduced to the challenges of translating theory into practice while dealing with real work scenarios.  


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


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Seminar
  • 30
  • Total
  • 30
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation
Course participation
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


see exam plan.



Criteria for exam assesment

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