GROUP DYNAMICS & INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
Spring Semester 1997 -- Mondays, 7:10 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.
Course Catalogue Description: This course focuses on the dynamics of groups and interpersonal relationships. Small group theory and research form the basis for the study of communication leadership and group decision-making skills. Through interaction and feedback, students will develop an awareness of their own behavior and how it affects others. A workshop may be held on a weekend in lieu of several classes. Prerequisite: MGT 310 (Fa/Sp).
Lecture & Discussion: Throughout the
semester the first part of each class session will be didactic,
emphasizing discussion and cognitive mastery of the course
The Learning Laboratory and Study Groups: More than half of our class time will be segmented into "Study Groups". Each group will consist of about 8-12 class members, assisted by two process consultants from the Laboratory Staff and supervised by Dr. Sabiers. These sessions will emphasize behavioral and emotional mastery of interpersonal and group analytical skills. Please note that because we wish to encourage experimentation, your activities in the Study Group are not subject to a grade.
Other Venues: To provide the broadest possible exposure to group settings likely to be found in the work place, the Learning Laboratory will probably include a Large Group Exercise and an Inter-group Exercise. The role of Staff during these exercises may vary somewhat from their role during the Study Groups.
Application Groups: Our final two weeks will be spent in small Application Groups that will help you formulate ways to apply course learnings to your work or school setting.
Personal Application Analyses #1 = 25%
Personal Application Analyses #2 = 35%
Personal Application Analyses #3 = 40%
Attendance (negative consequences only) = 0-100%
TOTAL = 100%
Personal Application Analysis: The PAA, described in more detail in a separate handout, is a structured discussion of your reactions to and critical analysis of events and activities during the Laboratory sessions. The PAA will include descriptions and analyses of your personal activities, thoughts and feelings as a member of the Laboratory, the impact of your behavior on others, and the ways the assigned readings increase your ability to analyze and interpret recurring group behaviors. It will also include a discussion of your personal goals or agenda for future sessions.
Attendance: Thorough preparation and regular attendance are vital not only to your own learning, but the learning of others. Classroom learning will not center solely around textbook "facts", but will require your active participation. If your job requires you to be out of town, or you miss a class for any other reason, it is your responsibility to ensure that you get the information you need to complete your assignments prior to the next regular class session. Because of the interactive nature of Study Group activities, making up a missed Study Groups through an alternative assignment is essentially impossible. Therefore, no absence excuses are accepted! If you miss a Study Group for any reason, you will be in danger of having your grade lowered significantly. If you miss more than one Study Group or the weekend activity you will likely be given a failing grade.
The specific weekly readings will depend on group developmental issues and emergent learning needs as determined by the Laboratory staff. We will assign readings as far in advance as practical. Assignments subject to change at any time!