The 'Unconscious at Work': The OrganizationalDimensions of Risk-Management - SOCI9310

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Isobel Drew checkmark-circle


The aim of this module is to focus on how the individual child protection professional inner world is affected by and, in turn, effects the institutional practices embedded in the workplace in terms of working in child protection. Moreover, the module also looks at how the inner world and emotions of the individual are managed and how 'hot cognitions' involved in child protection work are addressed. Organisational and workplace features are considered from a psychosocial perspective, particularly in terms of different models of supervision, and individuals are encouraged to reflect upon their own position within organisations and how this can be optimized in circumstances where risk needs to be managed.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 32
Private study hours: 168
Total study hours: 200 hours


Advanced Child Protection (Distance Learning) MA

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Coursework – essay (5000 words) – 85%
Coursework - online forum/ participation – 15%.

The written assignment must be passed in order for the module to be passed overall

Reassessment methods

100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Amado, G. and Ambrose, A. (eds.) (2001) The Transitional Approach to Change, Karnac.
Czander, W.M. (1993), The Psychodynamics of Work and Organisations: Theory and Application, Guilford.
French, R. and Vince, R. (eds.) (2000) Group Relations, Management and Organisation, Oxford Press.
Hinshelwood, R.D. and Chiesa, M. (eds.) (2002) Organisations, Anxieties and Defences: Towards a Psychoanalytic Social Psychology, Whurr Publications.
Hinshelwood, R.D. and Skogstad, W. (2000), Observing Organisations: Anxiety, Defence and Culture in Health Care, Routledge.
Hirschhorn, L. (2000), The Workplace Within: Psychodynamics of Organisational Life, MIT Press.

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 Have a systematic understanding and critical awareness of how psychosocial analysis applies to organisations
8.2 Apply and critically and creatively discuss psychosocial principles in the context of individual and inter-professional practice and case
8.3 Systemically and critically reflect on supervision in child protection and how rationality, emotional, hot cognitions and emotional intelligence
are harnessed effectively in child protection work
8.4 Possess an a comprehensive understanding of techniques to deal with risk, complexity and constraints in organisations
8.5 Observe in organisations and critically reflect on organisational practice and to deal systematically and with originality with constraints
8.6 Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply psychosocial perspectives to individual experiences of the workplace
8.7 Demonstrate advanced and systematic understanding of change in organisations

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

9.1 Possess advanced level communication skills commensurate with postgraduate study in and the ability to interpret and use research and
empirical data at an advanced level
9.2 Collect, collate and interpret on a systematic basis library and web based research and resources on child protection issues at an
advanced level appropriate for postgraduate study
9.3 Synthesise and systematically evaluate complex knowledge and theoretical perspectives from different disciplines and countries
9.4 Use IT resources to support achievement of a systematic and critical awareness of the material provided in recorded online lectures and
web based material
9.5 Summarise the material used for private study on a systematic, critical and coherent fashion in order to contribute to web based
9.6 Work systematically with others during study days and in online forums to prepare and discuss topics
9.7 Organise and manage their studying independently and with originality with online and phone support from their tutors


  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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