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Catalog 2013-2014

Small Group Dynamics

  • Semester: Fall
  • Course Number: SS233
  • Instructors: Anne Morse
  • Credit: 2

Course Description

Provides students with the opportunity to explore aspects of group dynamics such as stages of group development, norms and climate, roles and leadership, non-verbal and verbal communication, group influence and decision making, power and conflict, gender and other diversity, and expedition behavior. The class is conducted primarily in the field, combining lectures and participatory activities with hands on experience working and living with peers on a nine day backpacking trip. Students participate in group decision making, discuss and reflect on readings, give and receive feedback, explore group dynamics through planning and completing two days of travel independent of the instructor, and maintain a portfolio of notes, reflections, and group dynamics theory.