Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology

Course code PSYC3600
Available in 2017
2017 Course Timetables


Organisations are collections of people comprising different social groups (e.g., in universities there are students, lecturers, administrators, librarians, etc.). In order to be successful, it is important that these groups contain the right sorts of people, who compete or cooperate with one another appropriately, and make effective decisions. This course looks at the ways that social psychology has been applied to understanding human behaviour in organisations. The course also deals with the discipline of organisational psychology. Issues that are covered may include intergroup relations in the workplace, communication, leadership and power, and organisational change.

Forms part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.



  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Introduce classic and contemporary theories and evidence in social and organisational psychology.

2. Develop the academic ability to report and discuss social and organisational psychology in both written and oral formats in a clear and concise manner and using a professional style.

3. Develop the academic ability to critically evaluate theory and evidence in social and organisational psychology.

4. Provide an opportunity to apply social and organisational psychology to 'real-life' situations.

5. Encourage logical, original, and creative thinking in relation to social and organisational psychology.


Lectures are divided into two strands:

  • social psychology and
  • organisational psychology.

The social component builds on the intermediate level unit on social psychology in PSYC2600 Personality and Social Psychology and will concentrate on applications of social psychology, especially in the workplace.

Specific topics that may be included are:

  • applying social psychology to real-life problems,
  • intergroup conflict in the workplace, and
  • stereotyping in the workplace.

The discussion of organisational psychology may include:

  • an analysis of perceptions and attributions,
  • team dynamics,
  • communication,
  • rewards,
  • conflict, and
  • stress in the workplace.

The course forms part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.

Related Courses

PSYC3001, PSYC3301, PSYC3500

Assumed Knowledge

Students considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units and at least half the second year units, including PSYC2600, of the degree program in which they are enrolled, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills.

Assessment Items

Presentation: Group work and communication skills: oral presentations, answers to questions and feedback to peers.

In Term Test: In-class test

Formal Examination: Formal exam

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term