Work and Motivational Psychology 7.5 credits

Arbets- och motivationspsykologi
First cycle, P0053A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Department of Human Work Sciences 18 Nov 2008

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and P0025A Cognitive Psychology, P0026A The domains of psychology and its biological foundation, P0034A Developmental Psychology, P0063A Socialpsychology: a psychological perspective or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The student shall after the course be able to:
•    describe and explain motivation theories and their applications and be able to critically reflect upon and understand what motivates themselves and other.
•    describe and explain consequences of work and work organization for wellbeing and productivity.

The student should acquire:
•    basic knowledge in planning and conducting a work psychological study
•    basic knowledge of survey methodology
•    basic ability to manage, analyze and evaluate survey data

The course is an introduction to work psychology and covers areas such as work motivation and job satisfaction, workgroup psychology, motivation by goal setting and mental processes, change willingness within the organization and work related stress. We go through basic work psychological theories, studies and concepts.

The teaching will be in forms of lectures, seminars and applied practices. The students will carry out a project within a company or public organization. Literature search is practiced in connection with the project.

Written exam, 5.0 hp. Written and oral presentation of a project, 2.5 hp.

Students must register to the courses themselves or contact the ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This also applies to the students with a place guarantee.

The course is taught in Swedish but some parts of the course realization may be in English.

Lisa Öman Ekervhén

Literature. Valid from Spring 2012 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Arnold, J. och Randall, R. (2010). Work Psychology. Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace. Femte upplagan eller senare. Prentice Hall.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Written examU G VG *5.00MandatoryS11
0005Project workU G#2.50MandatoryS19

Study guidance
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