PSYK1600 Organizational Understanding and Work Lfe Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Organisasjonsforståelse og arbeidsliv
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i psykologi med vekt på atferdsanalyse
Year of study
Course history


The course provides an introduction to organisation theory and how different ways of thinking in the organisation of work are linked to the development of society, from the emergence of the industrial society to today’s knowledge society. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding processes that contribute to stability and change in organisations.

Required preliminary courses

Admission to the programme.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competence:


The student

  • has knowledge of the historical emergence of different types of labour organisations

  • is familiar with the main characteristics of the Norwegian labour market

  • has knowledge of internationalisation and globalisation of the labour market

  • has knowledge of different perspectives on organised work

  • has knowledge of what is meant by organisational structures and organisational forms and various perspectives on organisational cultures

  • knowledge of what is meant by learning organisations, knowledge organisations and organisational change

  • has knowledge of group processes, conflicts, power and communication in organisations

  • has knowledge of values and ethical conduct in organisations



The student is capable of

  • analysing, discussing and presenting key knowledge in the course

  • reflecting on the results gained from group work as a work method



The student is capable of

  • reflecting on how knowledge work and learning takes place in organisations and working life

  • making his/her own assessments and developing lines of reasoning relating to these

Teaching and learning methods

Work and teaching methods used in the course are lectures, self-study and group work. The groups will work independently on different issues related to the course. The students will present their group’s work at compulsory seminars, encourage discussion and receive guidance for further work.

Course requirements


  • Participation in group work and presentations (80%)

  • Submission of three group assignments (max. 3,000 words)

The required coursework must be approved before the students can take the written home exam.


Individual written home exam over four days, maximum 3,000 words.

Permitted exam materials and equipment


Grading scale



One internal and one external examiner