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SSE 111 - Group Work

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Examination of group dynamics using experiential learning. Includes goals, communication patterns, leadership, power and influence, decision-making, conflict resolution, controversy, creativity, problem solving, diversity, and personal growth within groups. Also includes application of concepts through observation, group exercises, and case studies.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the basic concepts and theories of group dynamics. (Council on Social Work Education [CSWE] Competencies 4 and 6)
  2. Practice effective oral and written communication skills in facilitating groups.  (CSWE Competencies 1 and 6)
  3. Illustrate ability to work effectively in a team.  (CSWE Competencies 1, 2 and 6)
  4. Practice personal reflection and self-correction in the development of self-awareness and the ability to give and receive supervision and consultation. (CSWE Competencies 1, 2 and 6)

Performance Objectives:
Define the experiential learning cycle and the role of self-reflection to guide learning.

  1. Define and establish group goals and individual goals.
  2. Compare, contrast, and experience different theories and styles of leadership and their effect on groups.
  3. Compare and contrast group decision-making methods.
  4. Define and utilize methods to improve group cohesion. 
  5. Discuss stages of group development and their importance to understanding groups.
  6. Identify the psychological benefits of group membership.
  7. Define diversity and its effects on groups and identify procedures groups can use to ensure that diversity is a resource and not a hindrance.
  8. Design, facilitate, and observe group exercises.
  9. Work in a team to develop, present, and lead a class.

  1. Experiential Learning
  2. Group Dynamics and Processes
  3. Communication Patterns and Their Effect on Groups
  4. Group Goals vs. Individual Goals
  5. Leadership Styles and Leadership Theory
  6. Decision Making Methods and Their Uses
  7. Conflict, Controversy, and Power in Groups
  8. The Use of Creativity in Groups
  9. Valuing and Managing Diversity in Groups
  10. Ways to Build Group Cohesion
  11. Designing Team Building Exercises
  12. Assignment of Students to Facilitate Structured Group Exercises
  13. Skills of a Learning or Discussion Group Facilitator and Growth/Counseling Group Facilitator

Effective Term:
Fall 2016

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