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PSY 210 GROUP DYNAMICS

PSY 210 – Group Dynamics

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PSY 210 Group Dynamics

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PSY 101

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course explores the fundamental concepts of understanding interpersonal behavior in the context of small groups.  Integrating group theory and research with experiential activities, students will gain a better understanding of group processes and improve their interpersonal skills as group members.  This course will be of special value to students entering mental health, social work, education, business, or similarly related professions in which the knowledge of group processes would be beneficial.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following

  1. identify general theories pertaining to studying groups;
  2. discuss how research is used to study the processes and efficacy of groups;
  3. participate in groups to become more cognizant of their “dynamics”;
  4. demonstrate a proficiency in observing, analyzing, and/or writing about group processes;
  5. communicate proficiently within a group; and
  6. apply concepts of group dynamics to oneself for self-understanding and improvement.