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Psychology, Group A

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2020
Prof. Dr. Tillmann Wagner, Prof. Dr. Fabiola Heike Gerpott
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
You will receive an overview about psychological principles of human behavior in organizations and beyond. Among others, the topics covered are:
  • Perspectives on human behavior
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Psychological commonalities: Dual Process Theory
  • Facets of automatic behavior: Priming, cognitive ease, heuristics, & biases
  • Psychological differences: Personality
  • Personality determinants
  • Personality traits
  • Personality development
  • The Science of Well-Being: Positive Psychology
  • Human Well-Being: Forms and consequences
  • Flow Theory: The Optimal Experience
  • Stress: Forms and consequences
  • Self-control theory and ego depletion
  • Habits
  • Theories of learning
Date Time
Thursday, 09.01.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Thursday, 16.01.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Thursday, 23.01.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 29.01.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 04.02.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Tuesday, 11.02.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Friday, 28.02.2020 09:00 - 12:00
This class concentrates on the psychological foundations and processes underlying the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations and work environments. The objective of this class lies in providing students with a sound understanding of psychological theories and models of human behavior. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able employ psychological principles to analyze and understand individuals’ and groups’ behaviors in organizations and the contemporary workplace.
Background Readings: Fiske, Susan T. and Shelley E. Taylor (2017), Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture, 3rd ed. London, U.K.: Sage.Gray, Peter and David F. Bjorklund (2018), Psychology, 8th ed. New York, NY: Macmillan.Optional Readings:Kahneman, Daniel (2011), Thinking, Fast and Slow. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.Clear, J. (2018). Atomic habits. An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones (Part 1, pp. 13–55). New York: Penguin Random House.McKenna, E. (2012).Business Psychology and Organizational Behavior(Chapter 7, pp. 195–210).
Lecture and interactive application tasks
Grading of this course is based 100% on your results in a closed book exam.
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