Psychology and Sociology in Organization

University of Economics, Prague

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology and Sociology in Organization

  • Host University

    University of Economics, Prague

  • Location

    Prague, Czech Republic

  • Area of Study

    Business, Business Management, Psychology, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    *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 Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations