PSYC 3233 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Street Sweeper, Leontyne Price, Emotional Security

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Published on 15 Jan 2019
PSYC 3233
DATE: 01/14/2019
Lecture Focus:
Introduction to Course & Syllabus
Chapter 1: Principles, Practices, and Problems
Introduction to Course and Syllabus:
The class will primarily focus on the history and philosophical foundations of Industrial-Organizational
Psychology (I-O Psych). There will be emphasis on the major roles and functions of an I-O psychologist, and a
discussion of the specialties and variety of work settings in which the professional works. Current issues,
trends, etc will also be discussed.
The entire class is structured as a group assignment in order to mimic the organization of the workplace.
The majority of assignments, even exams, will involve the group.
Participation is mandatory, or else you will not pass.
There are two journal article review assignments.
There are three exams, and no quizzes.
Chapter 1: Principles, Practices, and Problems
Why do we work?
Is it just about the money?
What else is there?
o Personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and pride of accomplishment
o Emotional security, self-esteem, and contentment
o Identity and status, friendships and belonging
Good work vs. bad work
o Good work is fulfilling, valuable, and moves us in the direction of our own personal goals, while bad
work is draining and feels pointless
Employers and employees must work together to create opportunities for good work
What is I-O Psychology?
The application of the methods, facts, and principles of psychology to people at work
It is a SCIENCE – follow the scientific method!
o Deals with observable behavior
“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like
Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets
like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and
say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
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