Experiencing Organisations: Reflexivity and Analysis

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 20 March 2020
20 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

DIP C8N209 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
DIP C8N221 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N212 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N224 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N2MO Management and Organisational Dynamics

Module description

This module provides an opportunity for students to explore, reflect and learn about the limits and opportunities in applying psychoanalytic concepts to the study of organisations.

Module aims

The aim of the module is * To consider and evaluate the relevance and the limits of psychoanalytic thinking for understanding organisations * To discern and explore the connections between psychoanalytic, CMT (critical management theory), and experiential understanding of organizations * To develop participants' reflexivity in taking up organisational roles

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: * Demonstrate reflexivity in taking up organisational roles * Demonstrate insight into organisational dynamics, through reflection and analysis of organisational experience * Critically explore the limits of management and psychoanalytic models and practices * Conduct a discussion about organisational life from both a psychoanalytic and critical management angle, which can be demonstrated in an essay

Module information

It comprises of:
* 4 theory seminars based primarily on organisational case studies, and the theory underpinning the Group Relations Conference.
* 4 work discussion seminars, to which students will make presentations based on course learning. 2 of these seminars will also include reflective groups as part of the preparation and review of the Group Relations Conference.
* 1 residential Group Relations Conference. The conference is a 2 day learning event in which students have opportunities to explore the emotional culture of teams, the dynamics authority and power, and the nature of role taking and giving.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning is provided through 3 approaches:- Participation in the University of Essex Group Relations Conference: A 2 day learning event - 16hours contact time. 1 hour x 4 Work Discussion Seminars 2 hours x 4 Theory seminars


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Essay 05/05/2020 100%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Chris Tanner
Student Administrator 5A.202, Telephone 01206 873745, email



External examiner

Prof Caroline Bainbridge
Roehampton University
Available via Moodle
Of 12 hours, 12 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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