EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Work and Employment Relations major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Work is an experience that dominates human existence. This unit uncovers the nature of this experience by drawing on the insights of social psychology.
Students are able to (1) understand the basic principles of dramaturgy and how they apply to social interaction in the workplace; (2) understand how multiple identities emerge and develop in the workplace and how we negotiate those identities; (3) understand both inter-individual and inter-group relations and how they impact on social relations at work; (4) understand the role of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, and how they relate to workplace conflict and co-operation; (5) evidence oral communication skills through the presentation of ideas to the class; and (6) evidence research design skills aimed at collecting, analysing, interpreting and reporting data.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) forum participation; (2) group assessments; and (3) individual essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Andrew Timming
Unit rules
EMPL2206 Social Psychology of Work
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Semester 2-2020 [SEM-2-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.