APSY619-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Psychology of Stress, Health, and Wellbeing at Work

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course focuses on stress, health, and wellbeing at work. The course will provide an overview of recent research on how to create psychologically healthy workplaces. It provides students with a framework for analysing how stress, health, and wellbeing at work impact on individuals and organisations. The course also focuses on how I/O psychology can contribute to solving problems related to stress, health, and wellbeing at work. Critical thinking, relating theory to practice, and relating new concepts to old theories, as well as critical reflection and discussion, both oral and written, will be strongly emphasised.

In this course, there is a strong emphasis on how individuals can be enabled to cope with changes to working life, and how organizations and human resource personnel (such as your future selves) can use their knowledge to minimize stress and promote wellbeing at work. We will take an integrated approach, focusing on both prevention and promotion, to advance worker wellbeing and build psychologically healthy workplaces, by exploring how both leaders and employees can work towards a healthy working life.

Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to promote wellbeing at work and in everyday life. To achieve this overall goal, the activities in the course are designed to provide you with the ability to:

1. Understand, discuss, and contrast existing theories on work stress, health, and wellbeing at work

2. Analyse how employee attitudes, health, and wellbeing may be affected by working conditions, management practices, and interpersonal interactions at work

3. Relate theories on stress, health, and wellbeing at work to practical phenomena

4. Diagnose problems related to stress, health, and wellbeing at work

5. Propose solutions to issues related to stress, health, and wellbeing in working life and how these solutions can be implemented and evaluated (in writing and in a presentation)

6. Reflect on your own wellbeing journey and what your values, strengths, and preferences are in working life

7. Present a proposal to a group with visual aids

8. Present a proposal in written form


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 437
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Katharina Naswall


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Discussion facilitation 10% Discussion facilitation
Forum and class participation 5%
Quizzes on Learn 10%
Problem Identification 30%
Problem Solution proposal: Implementation and Evaluation 35%
Presentation of Problem Solution proposal 10%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no textbook for the class. Each class meeting has a required reading list of 2-3 articles/chapters/blog posts/videos/podcasts designed to guide your learning on a particular topic. Readings will often be accompanied by exercises. You will be expected to complete the readings and exercises before our class meeting and be prepared to discuss them with the rest of the class. I will also ask you to find an additional piece of work that you find helpful for each topic, and post this on the class website – this will help us compile a list of recommended and useful readings that you can draw on for your assignments.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,110.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 30

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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