85387 - Work Psychology

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will: - understand the main exploratory theories in Work Psychology; - be able to analyze different work aspects and their consequences on the work life.

Course contents

The course examines in depth the themes of Work Psychology, explaining the theoretical, research and professional aspects that characterize the discipline. Specifically, it aims to develop knowledge and skills on the following areas:

  • Background of Work Psychology
  • Globalization, multi/intercultural context
  • Job analysis and design
  • Work motivation
  • Job attitudes and emotions
  • Stress and occupational health psychology
  • Diversity management
  • Humanization and work ethics: voluntary work and decent work


  • Lecture slides and materials (mandatory).
  • Main textbook (mandatory): Truxillo, D., Bauer, T., & Erdogan, B. (2016).Psychology & Work: Perspectives on Industrial & Organizational Psychology. NY: Routledge.

Teaching methods

The teaching methods used for the course are: lessons, case analysis and discussions, practitioners' report, individual and group assignments, simulations, presentation of assignments.

Assessment methods

The exam aims to verify the achievement of the following learning goals:

  • deep knowledge of different theories and approaches of Work Psychology;
  • being able to apply the acquired knowledge to analyze and interpret work/organizational cases and phenomena;
  • being able to apply the acquired knowledge to realize and design work/organizational interventions.

The grading will be given on a 30-point scale.

Teaching tools

Powerpoint, paper-pencil instruments, audiovisual materials, guided discussions.

Office hours

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