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Culture and Diversity at Work


Entry requirements

Group Dynamics


The course aims to familiarise students with the social psychological processes relating to culture and diversity that are at play in organisations. Organisations have changed dramatically in recent years as more ethnic minorities enter the labour force and women move to traditionally male-dominated fields and higher managerial positions. Organisations also operate on an increasingly global scale, managing workforces of different nationalities and in different countries. This diversity is expected to increase in the coming decades as these processes continue.

This course covers classic and current theories and research on the impact of diversity on group processes, motivation and performance. It pays particular attention to the challenges presented by a diverse labour force for recruitment and selection, staff evaluation, leadership and decision-making processes. It also addresses how stereotypes and prejudice can influence human resources decisions and career development, how group composition affects teamwork and how group processes affect motivation.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be:

  • Familiar with and understand the key concepts and theories presented in the course as well as how they relate to each other; and

  • Able to apply these concepts and theories to issues relating to culture and diversity at work.


For the timetables of your lectures, workgroups, and exams, select your study programme.
Psychology timetables



Students need to register for lectures, workgroups and exams.
Instructions for registration in courses for the 2nd and 3rd year

For information on registration periods consult the bachelor course registration


Elective students have to enroll for each course separately. For admission requirements contact your study advisor.

Exchange/Study abroad

For admission requirements, please contact your exchange coordinator.


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

8 2-hour lectures

Assessment method

Students will be examined on their knowledge and understanding of the material and their ability to apply the knowledge they have acquired in a final exam comprising multiple choice and open questions. The students will be examined on the information presented in the lectures.

Regulation on grade calculation.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

The reading consists of articles and chapters that will be made available via Blackboard.

Contact information

Dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn