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MN30464: Depth psychology of organisations

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 60%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 40% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Examination (EX 60% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN10005 OR take MN10071 OR take MN20080
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce the concepts and theories of depth psychology and use them to develop the student’s understanding of organizational processes; and to identify some of each student’s own strengths and vulnerabilities as organizational participant and future managers.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, students should:
* have a sound understanding of core psychoanalytic concepts, theories and ideas;
* be able to use this knowledge and understanding to make sense of a variety of organizational phenomena, including leadership, group behaviour, organizational culture and conflict;
* have a good awareness of the influence of unconscious processes on organizational and group dynamics, as well as on their own experiences as members of organizations;
* demonstrate ability to work effectively with peers in class groupings and discussion.


* understanding of key concepts used to make sense of different organizational phenomena (T/A)
* critical engagement with the subject matter and examples of practice, including own behaviour (F/A)
* research and writing skills (F/A)
* ability to debate issues, discuss and communicate about behavioural issues in organizational settings with peers in group settings (F/T).

Core concepts and theories of depth psychology: desire, repression and the unconscious, narcissism, symbolism and sublimation. Identity and mental personality. Interpretation and the use of psychoanalytic interpretations on cultural phenomena. The analysis of jokes, stories and myths. Leaders and followers, the personality of leaders and transference. Group dynamics and group dysfunctions. Organizational and individual pathologies, authoritarianism and organizational decay. Gender construction in organizations.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN30464 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc(Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.