Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the psychology of leadership and organisational change, with a particular focus on their intersection. First, students learn about leadership in organisations from the perspectives of individual, group and intergroup psychology. Then, key psychological models of organisational change are discussed and applied to a range of workplace contexts. Finally, psychological factors that underpin effective leadership and inform employee mobilisation for, but also resistance to, organisational change are examined and applied to workplace contexts.

This course is not part of an APAC accredited sequence.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically evaluate and apply psychological theory and research evidence regarding leadership.

2. Critically evaluate and apply psychological theory and research evidence regarding organisational change.

3. Communicate how the psychology of leadership and organisational change intersect in workplace contexts.

4. Apply psychological models of leadership and organisational change to mobilise employees for change more effectively.


  • Leadership as a personal quality
  • Leadership as a group process
  • Leadership as an intergroup process
  • Organisational change: Challenges and drivers
  • Leading organisational change: Transforming who ‘we’ are
  • In depth: Leading organisational change – A social identity approach


This course replaces PSYC6230. If you have successfully completed PSYC6230 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of an APAC accredited 3 year program in psychology or equivalent


PSYC6000 and PSYC6050

Assessment items

Participation: Discussion Forum Contribution

Presentation: Online Presentations - Group

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This is a whole semester course offered fully online.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.