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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.M23
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MILLWARD PURVIS LJ Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern

Units of Assessment  
Percentage Weighting  
Essay (2,500 words)
Project (3,000 words)

Module Overview

Undergraduate social psychology

Module Aims

This module aims to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in accordance with three of the eight Level 1 British Psychological Society competencies that are prerequisite for Chartered Status. Specifically the competencies addresses are: Organisational Development and Change (Section 8 of BPS criteria), component 1 of Employee Relations and Motivation (Section 7 of BPS criteria) and components 10-11 of Training (Section 6 of BPS criteria). In particular the Aim of this module is to enable students to apply social psychological thinking to organisational issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
•    be trained in the informed and systematic application of the research-practitioner model involving the in-depth analysis [using quantitative and qualitative methods, techniques & tools] and integrated theoretical formulation of commonly encountered organisational problems that can benefit from a social-psychological analysis (e.g. organisational transformation and change, problems of motivation and morale).
•    be knowledgeable about practice in the design of social-psychological interventions at a strategic level to address commonly encountered organisational problems and issues, taking into consideration (a) the wider social, economic and political context, (b) legal imperatives [e.g. Equal Opportunities] and (c) micro-political and ethical sensitivities.
•    be able to develop the basic skills required for the effective social-psychological analysis and formulation of organisational problems and for the effective design, implementation and evaluation of bespoke ‘organisational’ interventions (e.g. culture change, team development).

Module Content

Week 1: The organisational context: understanding and considering organisational change
Week 2: Organisational culture
Week 3: Corporate identity and change: Social identification
Week 4: Bridging organisational and individual change
Week 5: Change management
Week 6: Change management
Week 7: Change management
Week 8: Group and team processes
Week 9: Leadership processes
Week 10: Individual change and synthesis

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and seminars.

Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Reading
Millward, L.J. (2005). Understanding Occupational and Organizational Psychology.  London: Sage. 

Recommended Reading
Haslam, S.A. (2004). Psychology in Organisations: The Social Identity Approach. (2nd ed) London, Sage.
Hogg, M.A.& Terry, J. (2003)  Social Identity Processes in Organizations. Psychology Press.
Hogg, M.A. & Tinsdale, S.  (2003) Group Processes. Blackwell.
Morgan, G. (1997). Images and Organisation. London: Sage.
Rousseau, D. (1995). Psychological Contracts in Organizations. Sage.
Background Reading
Argyle, M. (1989) The Social Psychology of Work.  Harmondsworth: Penguin
Brotherton, C. (1999). The Social Psychology of Management.  London. Sage.
Brown, R. (1995). Group Processes: Dynamics within and between groups. Oxford: Blackwell.
Katz, D. & Kahn, R (1978). The Social Psychology of Organisations. (2nd ed) Chichester: Wiley.
Last Updated
31st August 2010