PSYC 314

Group Dynamics and Facilitation

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective March 11, 1996 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Students learn the theory and practice of group membership skills, including group development, roles, norms and leadership responsibilities. Students also learn situational leadership styles and roles, interpersonal communication styles, conflict management, problem solving, feedback skills, and group activity planning, presentation and processing. Overlap: COMM 351 Communication in Work Groups and Comm 351T Communication in Work Groups Theory Seminar.

Special information

Overlap: COMM 351 Communication in Work Groups and COMM 351T Communication in Work Groups Theory Seminar

Learning outcomes

General

  • Analyze real world (and fictional) group interactions, employing methods historically utilized by social and behavioral scientists.
  • Apply course content to everyday life through in class discussion and written assignments. As such students should be able to construct logical and coherent arguments which use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in presentation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of theory and practice of group dynamics - including group development, roles, norms, group influence and leadership responsibilities, etc.
  • Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
  • Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on discussion, listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories and develop and communicate alternative explanations for social phenomena.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 1: Communication

  • Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
  • Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
  • Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
  • Construct logical and coherent arguments.
  • Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
  • Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.