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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Social and Organisational Psychology
Module Code PY200
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Brunton
Semester 2: James Brunton
Autumn: James Brunton
Module TeachersJames Brunton
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite PY110
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Social Psychology is concerned with how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. It asks questions like: Why are people reluctant to go to the assistance of a person needing help?; Why do people tell 'white lies'?; Why do large groups of people follow advice to give away all their belongings in preparation for a predicted end of the world? This module explores topics of interest to Social Psychologists such as: how we think about the world around us; attitudes and how these can change; prosocial behaviour; aggression and; social influence, as well as how our understanding of such topics can be applied to real-world situations in areas such as health and the law. Organising touches on almost every significant area of human life. Organisational Psychology, as a branch of Applied Psychology, applies the concepts and theories of Psychology to study human behaviour in a particular context, often the workplace. This module will chart the origins of Organisational Psychology and the role of an Organisational Psychologist, as well as examine topics such as: how an organisation may be structured; selection and assessment; well-being at work; motivation; leadership and; power and influence in organisations.

Learning Outcomes

1. Examine key historical and current theory and research in the areas of social psychology and organisational psychology
2. Analyse the processes of individual cognition as they relate to social information processing and influence behaviour
3. Examine motives and drives which underpin social behaviour in humans
4. Identify the role of social influence on behaviour in groups and organisations
5. Assess real life scenarios in light of theory from applied topics in social psychology, such as interpersonal relationships, aggression, and health
6. Illustrate advantages and limitations of common methods and approaches used for research in social psychology and organisational psychology
7. Identify various perspectives and approaches used to study organisational psychology, including the individual, the organisation, and the dynamic process between the two
8. Analyse key concepts and theories in organisational psychology, including organisational structure, leadership, employee motivation, attitudes, and well-being
9. Show how psychological factors can contribute towards the advances and limitations of an organisation's effectiveness

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial18Online distance learning tutorials
Online activity60Student-Tutor and Student-Student interaction through online discussion forums and other media
Independent Study297Using self-directed learning resources, textbooks and other resources
Total Workload: 375

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Part 1: Social Psychology 1

- Introduction to Social Psychology

- Social Cognition: Thinking about the Social World

- Understanding People: Social Perception

- Attitudes and Behaviour

- Prejudice and Discrimination

Part 2: Social Psychology 2

- Interpersonal Relationships

- Prosocial Behaviour

- Aggression

- Social Influence and Conformity

- Applications of Social Psychology: Health

- Applications of Social Psychology: Law

Part 3: Organisational Psychology 1

- Introduction to Organisational Psychology

- Structural Elements of Organising

- Organisational Structures

- Organisational Culture and Change

- Selection and Assessment

- Work Attitudes and Job Performance

- Well-Being at Work

Part 4: Organisational Psychology 2

- Motivation

- Leaders and Followers

- Decision Making and Teams

- Power and Influence in Organisations

- Technology and Organisation

- Gender and Organisation

- Cross Cultrural Perspectives

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)This assignment involves writing an essay discussing research evidence on a social psychological topic, and its underlying psychological processes.50%n/a
ProjectThis assignment has two interrelated parts. Your task is to produce a written report on particular aspects of organisational change that will help to turn a business in crisis around. You are to produce this written report, and then also present your key points in a recorded video presentation.40%n/a
AssignmentAssignment three has a link to the video presentation element of assignment two. In assignment three you will provide peer feedback on two of your peers' presentation videos.10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Please see Loop for readings and online resources.: 0, .,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BABA in Humanities
BADIPDiploma in Humanities
BAPYBA in Humanities (Psychology Major)
PYDIPDiploma in Humanities (Psychology Major)
SMPPYSingle Module Programme Psychology

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