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Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the for specific course availability for each semester:

ORL 5362 Group dynamics: A systems perspective
Enrollment limited. The course explores social processes in groups and their impact on individual behavior. In addition to a series of lectures/discussions, students are required to participate in an experiential group relations conference or to conduct a self-study project on group relations. Special fee.

ORLJ 4002 Functions of organizations
A survey of the primary functions and operations of organizations: accounting, finance, marketing, strategic planning, management information systems, and the relation of these functions to human resource management.

ORLJ 4005 Organizational psychology
Introduction to theories and research that underlie the field of organizational psy-chology. Implications and applications in various organizational contexts are considered.

ORLJ 4009 Understanding behavioral research
Overview of alternative methods of behavioral research and their relative strengths and limitations. Application of methodological principles in order to read and evaluate social science research and learn how to begin to conduct research.

ORLJ 4010 Executive coaching
This course is didactic in nature. The key concepts, theories, models, and processes underlying a successful and developmentally appropriate approach to coaching as a career option will be outlined. This is not a “how to” course. Core concepts include theories of adult development and learning, leadership development, psychological assessment and diagnosis, and a critical examination of the numerous definitions and models that define “coaching” today.

ORLJ 4063 Counseling-Business & Industry

ORLJ 4808 Diversity and Authority

ORLJ 4828 Imagination, authenticity and individuation in transformative learning
Participants in this course will engage in an in-depth exploration of transformative learning with an emphasis on the role of affect and imagination in the learning process. The rational, cognitive approach will be reviewed for those participants unfamiliar with the traditional theory. We will investigate how the journey of becoming authentic is a transformative process. Jung’s concept of individuation—differentiating one’s Self from the collective—will be used as yet another lens through with we can view transformation.

ORLJ 4901 Research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

ORLJ 5003 Human resource management
Current and emerging emphases in the management of human resources in organizations.

ORLJ 5005 Leadership and supervision
Major psychological and other interdisciplinary approaches to the study of leadership. Critical analysis of relevant theories, research, and practical applications.

ORLJ 5012 Organizational Internship

ORLJ 5013 Negotiations in Organizations
Develops skills for negotiating in organizational contexts through instruction and readings in negotiation theory and research and participation in negotiation simulations.

ORLJ 5014 Special topics in organizational psychology
Faculty. New and emerging developments, practices, and concerns in the field of social-organizational psychology are examined and evaluated. Topics are announced in the schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 5015 Executive selection and management
Offered Summer only. Seminar to explore issues in and methods for executive selection and development.

ORLJ 5016 Special topics in organizational psychology
Faculty. New and emerging developments, practices, and concerns in the field of social-organizational psychology are examined and evaluated. Topics are announced in the schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 5017 Small group intervention: Theory and method
Prerequisite: ORL 5362. This course gives students an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the dynamics of small work groups and to learn intervention skills to improve group performance. The course covers relevant theory and research that underlies effective small group interventions. The class format will include lecture, discussion and in-class exercises.

ORLJ 5018 Using survey research in organizational consulting
Prerequisite: ORLJ 4009. This course illustrates how to conduct survey research for organizational change initiatives. The following topics are covered: entering into survey research consulting, selecting concepts, conducting focus groups, survey construction and administration, data analysis, identifying needs, survey feedback techniques, and final reports. Students develop a survey-based project from initial conceptualization to final report presentation.

ORLJ 5019 Data-based interventions in organizations
Prerequisite: ORLJ 4009. Reviews tools for collecting, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data in organizations. Students explore and practice the use of data collection techniques most frequently utilized by practitioners in the field (secondary data, observations, questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups), as well as practice analysis techniques associated with these tools. The use of diagnostic tools is considered within the framework of the consulting cycle (contracting and planning, data collection, data analysis, and data feedback). Upon completion of this course, the students should be well prepared to engage in a consultation with the real client.

ORLJ 5020 Special topics in Organizational Psychology
Faculty. New and emerging developments, practices, and concerns in the field of social-organizational psychology are examined and evaluated. Topics are announced in the schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 5040 Research methods in social psychology
Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Representative approaches to practice in the design, conduct, and analysis of research. Fall: Experimental and quasi-experimental design. Spring: Field and survey methods; policy and evaluation research.

ORLJ 5041 Research Methods in Social Psychology II
Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Representative approaches to practice in the design, conduct, and analysis of research. Fall: Experimental and quasi-experimental design. Spring: Field and survey methods; policy and evaluation research.

ORLJ 5045 Organizational dynamics and theory
Prerequisite: ORLJ 4005 or equivalent. Study of organizations as total systems with consideration of different types of organizations. Emphasis on the impact of such dimensions as mission, strategy, structure, culture, systems, and leadership on individual and organizational performance and vice versa. Organizational change is also addressed.

ORLJ 5046 Intercultural communications in organizational contexts: Theory, issues, and practices
This class is designed to explore the intercultural communication field and what it has to offer professional educators in the context of their understanding of intercultural theory and practice and in their ability to design effective and empathic learning environments.

ORLJ 5047 Development of the multi-cultural self
This course focuses on issues of identity development, social and cultural diversity, and the intersections of multicultural aspects of the self in the context of the organization. Perspectives of social identity development, intellectual and ethical maturity, social learning theory, and intercultural analysis are major components in the study of the individual.

ORLJ 5051 Org Psych:Exec Selection Mgt

ORLJ 5106 Psychological aspects of organizations
Prerequisite: ORLJ 4005. Examines contemporary theory, research and practice in organizational behavior. Topics include: organizational entry, socialization, motivation, reward systems, group and individual decision-making, conflict resolution, stereotyping and discrimination.

ORLJ 5143 Conflict & Creative Prob Solv

ORLJ 5147 Conflict resolution in early childhood settings
This course introduces a developmentally appropriate model of working with conflict resolution in early childhood classrooms. It features demonstrations and practice in the use of circle time activities, puppets, role-playing, and modeling to promote social-emotional and problem-solving skills. Strategies for classroom management and parent involvement are highlighted.

ORLJ 5148 Managing conflicts in organizations
Designed to address conflicts in the context of organizations from both theoretical and practical points of view. Review of the latest research findings about what causes conflict in organizations, how the issues are framed, how the conflicts are managed, and how conflict impacts the parties involved and the organization as a whole. Theories are applied in different types of activities such as analyzing case studies, participating in simulations, and designing conflict management systems. Students also engage in skill building activities, such as role plays, to better learn how to prevent conflicts from occurring and to intervene in conflicts that have developed.

ORLJ 5310 Preparation for Coaching
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic structure and techniques of interviewing and listening. The course is largely experiential and is intended for students who have little or no background or experience in counseling or coaching.

ORLJ 5311 Management and leadership practices
Enrollment limited. This elective combines theory and practice in management and leadership, with an emphasis on practical applications- what managers and leaders actually do. In addition to theory, simulations, behavior modeling, team participation, and individual presentations are used to provide a series of developmental experiences.

ORLJ 5340 Basic Practicum in conflict resolution
Enrollment limited. Students will be trained in the basic skills of collaborative negotiation and mediation and will have supervised practice in these skills.

ORLJ 5362 Group dynamics: A systems perspective
Permission required. Prerequisite: ORLJ 4005. Enrollment limited. In addition to the regular course meeting times, there are two additional special weekend workshops, times/dates arranged each semester. The course explores social processes in groups and their impact on individual behavior. In addition to a series of lectures/discussions, students are required to participate as members of an experiential group designed to provide opportunities for learning about group dynamics through an examination of power, authority, leadership, intergroup and interpersonal processes. Special fee: $200 (conference fee).

ORLJ 5540 Proseminar in social and organizational psychology
Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Intensive readings and analysis of theories and research in social and organizational psychology and social structure.

ORLJ 5541 Proseminar in social and organizational psychology
Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Intensive readings and analysis of theories and research in social and organizational psychology and social structure.

ORLJ 6040 Fundamentals of cooperation, conflict resolution and mediation in different institutional contexts
Topics such as cooperation and competition, trust and suspicion, bargaining and negotiation as they relate to conflict resolution in various contexts.

ORLJ 6042 Applications of social and organizational research
Background in research methods required. Examination of social psychological aspects of selected policy experiments in schools, the arts, social welfare, family planning, and criminal justice.

ORLJ 6045 Demography in Organizations
This course seeks to understand the role that demography plays in organizations. The main focus in this course is on demographic variables such as race, gender, and disability. The course examines various theoretical frameworks that help us to understand how demographic variables influence organizational behavior and decisions.

ORLJ 6048 Teaching to cultural and cognitive complexities
This seminar focuses on issues of complex cognitive and cultural thinking and problem solving skills. Students gain knowledge about and exposure to a variety of assessment components and tools in the field of organization change and management.

ORLJ 6244 Fieldwork in organization consulting
Doctoral-level course, permission required. Prerequisites: ORLJ 5045 and ORLJ 6343. Background in organization development required. Students engage in consultation with a client that emphasizes data gathering, organization diag-nosis, and feedback.

ORLJ 6340 Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Multicultural self
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6341 Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Work/Family Issues
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6342 Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Multi-level research in organizations
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6343 Practicum in change and consultation in organizations
Permission required. Prerequisite: ORL 5362 and ORLJ 4005. Enrollment limited. Open to doctoral candidates and others who have a strong background in social science, organizational behavior, administration, psychology, or business. Planned change in organizations. Offers the opportunity to study and experience anticipated consultant roles during the entry, diagnostic, and intervention phases of efforts to effect change. Special fee.

ORLJ 6344 Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Conflict, justice, and cooperation
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6345 Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Diversity and discrimination in organizations
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6346 Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Organizational attitudes, job search, and career development
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6347 Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Motivational issues in organizations
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6348 Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Psychology of managerial and leadership competence and multirater feedback
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6349 Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology : Group/organizational dynamics and diversity issues in organizations
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6350 Advanced practicum in conflict resolution
Prerequisite: ORLJ 5340. Limited enrollment. Students will engage in negotiation and mediation involving persons from different cultural contexts as well as with “difficult” cases.

ORLJ 6540 Current Topics Social Psychlgy

ORLJ 6542 Directed research in social-organizational psychology
Permission required.

ORLJ 6640 Social-organizational psychology colloquium
Permission required. For doctoral candidates only. Discussion of ongoing projects involving research and consultation.

ORLJ 6901 Advanced research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

ORLJ 7501 Dissertation seminar
Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms. For requirements, see section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

ORLJ 8900 Dissertation advisement in social-organizational psychology
Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.