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Groups and Individuals in Working Life 7.5 credits

Grupper och individer i arbetslivet
First cycle, S0028A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)

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 completed the course Socialpsychology: a psychological perspective (P0063A) 7,5 credits or Basic Socialpsychology (S0052A) 7,5 credits with at least a passing grade, or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The student should after the end of the course be able to:

•    Account for how groups function in working life
•    Explain some of the driving forces which lie behind individuals and their performance at the work place
•    Apply concepts and theories about individuals and groups with the purpose of increasing work performance, dealing with conflicts and develop working teams
•    Account for and analyze group dynamics in a working team.

How working groups form, develop and are led. Group mechanisms and group processes. Interaction and communication in the work group. Managing conflict and crisis. Focus is furthermore on the individual’s driving forces and conditions in working life in connection to flexibility and boundaryless work.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Lectures, group assignments and seminars

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The examination consists of mandatory seminars (2.5 credits) and a written report (5 credits).

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

Saila Piippola

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
- Lennéer Axelsson, Barbro, Thylefors, Ingela (2018). Arbetsgruppens psykologi. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur
- Gunnar Aronsson (Red) 2018:1 ”Gränslöst arbete – en forskarantologi om arbetsmiljöutmaningar i anknytning till ett gränslöst arbetsliv. Electronic report,

Reference literature:
- Fjæstad, Björn, Wolvén, Lars-Erik (2005). Arbetsliv och samhällsförändringar. Antologi. Lund: Studentlitteratur
- Wheelan, Susan A. Att skapa effektiva team: en handledning för ledare och medlemmar. Studentlitteratur, 2017.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0010SeminarsU G#2.50MandatoryA21
0011ReportU G VG *5.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 17 Jun 2008

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 17 Feb 2021