Human Behaviour in Organisations
Full course description
This course will make students familiar with various aspects of human behaviour in organisations. Questions that will be addressed during the course are: How can organisations select good employees? What can organisations do to maintain a healthy and motivated workforce? What are effective leadership styles? What does a high performance team look like? To answer these questions we will present an array of different topics from work and organisational psychology such as work stress, occupational health, emotions in organisations, leadership, personnel selection, work motivation, and teamwork. The course consists of lectures, assignments and a group project in which students focus on one of the topics mentioned above. At the end there will be a ‘mini-conference’ in which groups present the results of their group work. This course forms an excellent introduction for the Master’s programme ‘Work and Organisational Psychology’. N.B. there will be no tutorial groups.
Students will be able to understand and think of practical aspects in organisations, such as selection of employees, Human Resources practices, the role of leadership, work motivation, team processes and performance, employee health and well-being, work stress, and relate these to relevant theories. In addition, students will learn about the peer-review process (providing feedback).