LSO403 - Group Dynamics

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Subject Title
Group Dynamics

Subject Description
This course offers a comprehensive analysis of theory and research related to group dynamics.  Student explore social processes in groups and their impact on individual behaviour and are introduced to the following group elements: norms, roles, coherence and dissonance, group think, validation, types of groups and membership, referencing, group symptoms, leadership styles. The student will practice leading and participating in groups where observation and recording skills will be stressed.

Credit Status
One upper level Liberal Studies Option (LSO) for Seneca degree students.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Discuss the relevance of each of the following group elements to facilitating a group and group interactions: norms, roles, coherence and dissonance, group think, validation, types of membership, referencing, group symptoms, and leadership styles. 
2. Effectively facilitate a group session of peers. 
3. Analyze the structural elements that comprise group dynamics. 
4. Evaluate internal interactions among group members. 
5. Analyze how a coherent group closes itself to outside influence.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ENG 106 or one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

Topic Outline

  • theory of group dynamics
  • pseudogroups, traditional groups, effective groups and high-performance groups
  • cooperative learning
  • the interplay of power, authority, socio-political identities in group dynamics
  • group dynamics as they occur in various contexts: business, education, healthcare, the military, religion, community and family life

Mode of Instruction
Your professor will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes and techniques, such as  lecture, question and answer, tutorials, classroom discussion, experiential group work, individual and/or group presentation, digital/social media, and consultation.

Prescribed Texts
Johnson, D. Joining Together. 12th edition. Pearson.

Required Supplies

Student Progression and Promotion Policy

Grading Policy

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices (

Modes of Evaluation

Modes of Evaluation:
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.
Term work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments will be penalized resulting in a lower grade. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.
Term Work 75%
Final Exam 25%

Students are graded on form as well as content. Marks will be deducted for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
Students are not permitted to use instructional aids during tests or exams. 
Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every scheduled session. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood