Students learn advanced theory and practice of group membership skills, including group development, roles, norms and leadership responsibilities. Students also learn to apply social psychological strategies when working/consulting with community groups e.g. situational leadership styles and roles, interpersonal communication styles, conflict management, problem solving, feedback skills, facilitation, and group activity planning, presentation and processing.
- Demonstrate an understanding of theory and practice of group dynamics - including group development, roles, norms, social influence and leadership responsibilities, etc.
- Develop an understanding of the scientific methods employed by group researchers and acquire some basic skills for analyzing real world (and fictional) group interactions.
- 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.
- Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on discussion, listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
- Gain an appreciation for cultural differences in group dynamics;
- Understand and critically analyze the structure, function, and dynamic interactions of groups.