Full course description
This course focuses on people at work in organisations. It will provide answers to questions as ‘Why do people work?’, ‘How do people work?’ or ‘How does work affect worker health and well-being?’. These questions will be addressed by discussing theories of work behaviour, job attitudes, work stress and occupational health. Using this knowledge it will be discussed how jobs can (or should) be changed, to optimise individual performance and the well-being of the job incumbent. At the end of this course, students should be able to provide answers to questions as: What are the consequences of unemployment? Does job satisfaction increase performance or does performance cause more job satisfaction? How can health and well-being be fostered in organisations?
Students are able to:
- explain and compare different theories on the meaning of work, job stress, job design, job attitudes, emotional labor, work stress;
- apply this theoretical knowledge to understand and suggest solutions to work-related problems;
- understand and critically evaluate research methodologies used in research studies;
- propose optimal research designs to study research questions;
- present scientific articles to peers.