PSYCH 467 - Current Topics in Organizational Psychology
Section: 001 Identity at Work
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Advisory Prerequisites:
PSYCH 260.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar focuses on identities at work and in work organizations. In the context of work, people craft work-related identities, such as their identities as employees and professionals, as followers and leaders, as team members and organization members. Research shows that working and organizational memberships can foster the development of positive and emancipating identities, but they can also constrain identities. This makes identities at work an important topic for research and for practical concern as well.

During the seminar, we will learn how individuals’ identities develop and change, grown more positive, or deteriorate as the result of working and organizational memberships. We also consider identity at the organizational level, i.e., an organization members’ shared understanding of "who we are as an organization." The seminar examines how organizations forge organizational identities and explores how organizational identities change. We also will consider how identities at different levels influence each other; how, for instance, employees’ identities influence the organizations they work in, and how being a member of an organization shapes how people define themselves.

Course Requirements:

The seminar includes several kinds of learning activities, such as lectures, critical discussions on the field’s core publications that have been read in advance by all participants, seminar works exploring the practical implications of the concepts and theories studied, and self-reflection exercises seeking to indicate ways to apply the course material in one’s own work and organizational life. The student evaluation will be done on the basis of seminar works and their presentation, participation in the discussions, and the final paper focusing on a self-chosen seminar related topic.

PSYCH 467 - Current Topics in Organizational Psychology
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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