Groups, Teams and Organisations - SP844

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 5)
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7 20 (10) DR P Burgmer







This module provides an opportunity to study at an advanced level the literature on group processes and intergroup relations as it relates to teams and organisations. The module introduces theoretical and empirical background, and uses these to help students develop ideas for further research and practice. All topics will be related to groups and teams within organisations, and will include: social identity processes in organisations, leadership, organisational mergers, and equality. We will also consider how social-psychological and evolutionary theories in combination can explain group processes within teams and organisations. The module will emphasis small group and team research in social and evolutionary psychology, as it applies to organisations. It will also consider perspectives from other fields, such as economics and anthropology. This module relies heavily on student presentation, participation and student discussion.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Group Seminar Presentation (15-25 minutes, non-prescriptive) 20%
Seminar Participation 20%
Research Proposal 4,000 words 60%

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

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.

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