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Social Psychology in Organisations


Entry requirements

First-year examination in Psychology


People work together in organizations. When people work together, problems are bound to arise. As social and organizational psychologists we can help people to overcome these problems, and we can help them to work together effectively. In this course you will learn how people can work effectively in organizations. In the lectures, we will discuss topics of organizational psychology such as motivation, organizational commitment, leadership, organizational change and organizational culture. In the parallel workgroups, you will learn how to apply this knowledge to organizational problems, and you will learn to develop a scientifically sound intervention to overcome an organizational problem. At the end of the work groups you will report your analysis of the problem in a short report that should be theoretically sound but understandable for a non-psychological audience, and you will present your intervention in a pitch-like format.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student has:

  • Specialized knowledge of the social-psychological processes in organizations;

  • Developed academic skills to analyse organizational problems based upon social-psychological theories, and to develop scientifically-based interventions to overcome those problems; and

  • Developed skills to communicate effectively as an organizational advisor.


For the timetables of your lectures, workgroups, and exams, select your study programme.
Psychology timetables



Students need to register for lectures, workgroups and exams.
Instructions for registration in courses for the 2nd and 3rd year

For information on registration periods consult the bachelor course registration


Elective students have to enroll for each course separately. For admission requirements contact your study advisor.

Exchange/Study abroad

For admission requirements, please contact your exchange coordinator.


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

The course consists of two complementary components: lectures and tutorials. In total there are 8 2-hour lectures and 4 2-hour seminars, which run in parallel, (preferably) in the 2nd and 4th block. In each lecture a section of the book is covered. In the corresponding seminar, students will be given assignments on organisational problems (we aim towards existing/real problems), which they must analyse in small groups and for which they must develop an intervention, based on the theory from the lectures.

Assessment method

During the course there are various scheduled assessments. At the end of the course, students’ knowledge is tested by way of an exam (with multiple choice and open questions), with the book and the lectures constituting the material tested. At the end of the seminars students must submit a report and give a presentation on their intervention. Both the presentation and the report will be evaluated. Students must get a score of at least 5 on the exam, and the weighted average that must be obtained on the seminar assignments is also a 5. The exam score and the mark for the seminar each count for 50% of the final mark for the course.

Regulations on grade calculations.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

Social Psychology and Organizations (2012) edited by David de Cremer, Rolf van Dick and J. Keith Murnighan. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

Contact information

Dr. Fieke Harinck