Groups, Teams and Organisations - PSYC8440

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Tim Hopthrow checkmark-circle


This module provides an opportunity to study the literature on group processes at an advanced level and familiarises students with current theorising and research on the psychology of groups and teams in organisations. The module introduces theoretical and empirical background, and uses these to help students develop ideas for further research and practice.

The module builds upon knowledge of social psychology gained at undergraduate level and draws primarily on small group research in social and organisational psychology, but perspectives from other fields such as moral psychology and economics will also be considered. Seminar topics include social identity, group cohesion, status and leadership, creativity, social dilemmas, trust/distrust, as well as moral judgment and behaviour. The module involves a great deal of student presentation, participation and discussion.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total study hours: 200


Compulsory to:
Organisational Psychology MSc-T and Groups and Inter-Group Relations MSc-T

Method of assessment

Presentation (approx. 30 minutes, non-prescriptive) 40%
Research Proposal 4,000 words 60%

Reassessment methods: Like for Like

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Baron, R. S. & Kerr, N. L. (2003). Group process, group decision, group action. (2nd ed.) Buckingham: Open University Press.

Hogg, M. (2001). A social identity theory of leadership. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 5, 184-200.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the core domains of group processes; particularly as they relate to teams and organisations

8.2 Understand a range of conceptual, historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the role of groups and teams in organisations

8.3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of evolutionary perspectives on human group behaviour;

8.4 Develop the intellectual skill of critical reflection when considering the diversity of perspectives, including psychological, management, and evolutionary perspectives, that underpin the study of groups, teams, and organisations

8.5 Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating theoretical and empirical literature on group processes;

8.6 Design meaningful research studies and write a research proposal which link psychological science to organisational issues;

8.7 Apply psychological research about groups and teams in organisations to management and business contexts

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Creatively evaluate and generalise appropriately;

9.2 Select and synthesis complex materials through organising, developing, and evaluating relevance;

9.3 Systematically approach problem solving, individually and as part of a group, also using appropriate information technology;

9.4 Plan work and study independently, through personal development and time management;

9.5 Communicate persuasively, through written assessment and oral discussions;

9.6 Cooperate within a team, and recognise the contribution of self and others;

9.7 Understand the statistical analysis conducted by others, and its limits.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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