The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Evaluate research in social and organisational psychology.

3. Communicate applications of organisational psychology as part of a team.

4. Critically evaluate theory and evidence in social and organisational psychology.

5. Apply social and organisational psychology theory to 'real-life' situations.


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.


Related Courses

PSYC3001, PSYC3301, PSYC3500

Assumed knowledge

Students considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed 20 units of Psychology at 2000 level, including PSYC2600.

Assessment items

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

In Term Test: Online Test

Formal Examination: Formal exam

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 3

Please see Course Outline for lab schedule


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1