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Positive Psychology and Organisations (EDUC90789)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90789
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This subject will explore fundamental theories and frameworks from the fields of organisational behaviour and management together with new theories emerging in the fields of positive organisational behaviour and positive organisational scholarship. A key question posed is ‘How and why do people behave differently when they are in an organisational context?’ After exploring this question, a second key question posed is ‘How can we create virtuous organisations and lead in a way that facilitates wellbeing in our staff and society?’ Key social and identity processes that shape people’s behaviours will be examined. The work of Professor Kim Cameron has a strong influence in this subject and we will explore his Organizational Virtues Model, Positive Leadership Model and Positive Practises Model. You will also be introduced to Professor David Cooperider’s Appreciative Inquiry methodology. The subject will adopt a social-ecological approach. This subject explores the assumption that wellbeing does not only emanate from an individual’s mindsets and actions but is also contextual.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Understand the influence of each ‘system’ of the social-ecological model with respect to creating a positive institution and employee wellbeing
  • Analyse and integrate key frameworks in management, organisational behaviour and positive organisational scholarship
  • Critically evaluate empirical research in management, organisational behaviour and positive organisational scholarship
  • Use various ethical lenses to analyse the degree to which an institution is positive and virtuous
  • Understand the institution you currently work in from the layers of culture and virtue
  • Understand the way Appreciative Inquiry could be use used to foster positive relationships in organisations and across groups

Generic skills

  • Analytical and cognitive skills will be developed through critical evaluations of theory and empirical research.
  • Innovative and creative thinking skills will be promoted by encouraging multidisciplinary perspectives (from business, management, social psychology and positive psychology) and developments to be taken into account and synthesised.
  • Written communication skills will be developed through the assignment work.
  • Students will learn to synthesise a large volume of relevant conceptual and empirical works.
  • Verbal and visual presentation skills developed through a team-based presentation in class

Last updated: 21 August 2019