- Students should be able to analyze and evaluate: (a) Theoretical models on stress, (b) Recovery, (c) Work-home/Home-work interference, (d) Issues of women on the work floor, (e) Value of older employees, and (f) Issues on the modern-day work floor
- Students should be able to think critically about experimental methodology for studying occupational health psychology and will gain an understanding of the type of methodologies that occupational health psychologists use.
- Students will be able to examine how occupational health psychology research can help address practical issues in the field, and will be able to create and test interventions.
The general objective of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the most important concepts, theories, and research findings within the field of Occupational Health Psychology. At the end of the course, students are expected to have an understanding of the causes of physical and psychological job strain, and how these affect employee well-being, and the prevention and intervention of work-related health issues.
This course focuses on the effects of the work situation on employee well-being and health. The course presents an overview of models that explain the relationships between the work situation and employee reactions, such as strain and health complaints. Additional topics include work-home interference and ageing. Furthermore, instruments for assessing and evaluating health risks at work will be presented, as well as methods for the prevention and intervention of stress reactions. Besides negative outcomes, the course will also focus on positive outcomes of work, such as engagement.
Grading. You need to pass the in-class quizzes to receive a final grade. The final grade will be a weighted average of, individual assignments (total 20%), group paper (40%), and final exam (40%).
To pass this course:
- the average score should be at least a 5.5 (a 5.5 will become a 6, a 5.49 a 5)
- the calculation of the final grade is based on the absolute (i.e., non-rounded) grades of the subparts
Students who fail the course will be given the opportunity to write a new individual paper and/or take part in a resit exam. The assignment for the new individual paper is equal to the group assignment, however then will be executed individually. The grade for the new paper will count for 60% of the final grade and replaces the grades for the two individual assignments and the group paper. The resit exam will count for 40% The resit deadline for the individual paper is equivalent to the date of the resit exam. All partial grades remain valid for the rest of the term, including the resit/new paper at the end of the academic year. However, they are not valid beyond that - i.e. repeater students need to retake all elements of the course.