Course Description

Course Name

Psychology and Sociology in Organization

Session: VPGS1221

Hours & Credits

46 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


*Please note- this is a sample syllabus only. Specific course content and format may change semester-to-semester.

Aims of the course:
The course is aimed to acquire knowledge of basic concepts of psychology and sociology in organization
and links among them with respect to their application in management. The course is also focusing on
different approaches to psychology of individuals, motivation theories and approaches to psychology of
personalities. The course deals with different types of employment (including self-employment, domestic
work, etc.) and deals with career management. The course provides with basic methodological orientation,
teaches how to work with various informational resources and helps to create conditions for acquirement of
skills which are necessary for their effective application to practice.

Learning outcomes and competences:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • know basic conceptions and methods of psychology and sociology in organization
  • use a selected method to obtain information about certain social fact or phenomenon
  • work in teams on a project and present results of their teamwork
  • write an essay on findings
  • distinguish between different types of employment

Course content:
The course focuses on psychological and sociological aspects of an organization, including work
motivation, culture and systems of organization, types of employment, job satisfaction and current roles and
challenges of managers and/ or leaders.

Course content in details:
1. introduction to psychology and work and organizational psychology, subject of psychology and work
and organizational psychology, system of psychological branches, methodological grounding,
history of psychology, relevant approaches in psychology - gestaltpsychology, psychoanalysis,
behaviorism, humanistic psychology
2. introduction to sociology, social organization, concept and definition; history of sociology; research
methods and ways to obtain and process data
3. sociology in organization – social system, structure
4. personality in psychology, personality and society - social groups and roles, social perception and
communication, structure and dynamics of personality (abilities, motivation, personality traits)
5. motivation - sources of motivation, performance motivation, motivation profile, work and
organizational psychology - history of work and organizational psychology, working conditions
6. work organization – principles of work structuring, nature of work organization, human resource
practices, occupational structure, class, status
7. organizational structures and culture, organizational design, social institutions
8. social structure and dynamics - vertical and horizontal structure, social groups and work groups
9. man and work - job analysis, competence, performance and motivation, job satisfaction
10. interpersonal relations in the workplace, social climate, work group and team group, communication
in the workplace,
11. personality and work of a manager, stimulation of employees and work groups, psychology in
organization and system of HRM, counselling
12. changing tasks of managers – managers today, from manager to leader, different roles of manager
and leader in organization
13. conflicts in organization, role of manager, tensions and work conflicts, stress, means to deal with
stress, work-life balance, mobilization of interests

Grading scale:
Grade %
1 90 - 100
2 75 - 89
3 60 - 74
Failed below 60
4+ 50 - 60

Assessment methods (weight):
Active lecture/seminar/workshop/tutorial participation/ attendance 20 %
Presentation of team work 45 %
Final Test 20 %
Essay paper 15%
Total – maximum 100 %

*Course content subject to change