No more than 20 students will be admitted, with priority given to major subject students of social psychology. The course is also open also to those students who have selected the Swedish-language study track in the discipline.
Bachelor’s level studies
Students will gain abilities in group management and team leading by deepening their understanding of group dynamics and applying previously studied theories on group dynamics to practice. In addition, planning and implementing activities on the basis of theories of social psychology provides them with a new understanding based on experience. This makes students prepared for observing and analysing phenomena of group dynamics as both members of a group or team and as its leaders. Thus, students will learn to transfer their theoretical knowhow to practice.
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The course consists of seven four-hour meetings (altogether 28 hours).
Students will be divided into groups that will prepare a theory-based activity management session on one sub-category of group dynamics. In addition, activity experiments will be carried out and related observations and ideas will be analysed theoretically. Groups will write a summary of their chosen sub-category of group dynamics to be distributed to all participants. In addition, students will keep a personal learning journal in accordance with instructions given. A summary of the journal will be submitted to the teacher at the end of the course.
The course grade is determined by group performance, the personal learning journal and active participation during meetings.
Students will be given a list of related literature concerned with activity methods in group management.
Students will independently look for theoretical literature to serve as a basis for their group's activity session.
Additional related literature to be used as manuals:
1. Rupert Brown: Group Processes
2. Bernard A. Nijstad: Group Performance
The course grade is determined by group performance, the personal learning journal and active participation in the meetings.
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)
1. Contact teaching and a learning journal
2. Planning the management of a theory-based activity group in a small group, implementation in a larger group
3. A written work on the theories used in group management completed in a group
Maaret Wager (firstname.lastname@example.org)