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The study of Group Dynamics
An important part of learning in Society and Cultures courses is working in a group. Considering society is basically about groups, it is important that you learn about how groups operate. Although I will provide some theory on group dynamics in class, the best way to learn about groups and how they work is to participate in a group. For this reason the course contains a compulsory Group task worth 10%. For this assignment you are to work in a group on the task of selecting an ethical cause and developing some type of social action.
For this assignment you have been placed into random groups, with the only criteria of selection being gender balance.
The groups are:
Group 1: Sandra, Narad, Dion, Abdul and Thuy.
Group 2: Laurianne, Tayla, Sam, Osman and Krystal.
Group 3: Jackeline, Nikol, Kira, George and Josh.
Group 4: Maria, Matthew, Brooklyn, Amina and Sang.
To get started in your group, here is some information about establishing a group.
* Establishing functional roles
1. When your group first forms you are to nominate/select/elect the following:
a. A leader to guide the group during these intiital meetings. Later you may wish to select a leader of the group for the rest of the activity or have a different leader each time the group works together.
2. A recorder who write down the process, discussion and decisions for the group. This role is to be rotated so that all members have a turn at this role.
3. A reporter who is to provide a summary to the class of the progress, discussion and decisions of the group. This role is to be rotated so that all members have a turn at this role.
4. A time/task keeper is to provide checks to the group process - to make sure the group is doing as required in the time allocated. If the group is less than four for a session, the leader naturally takes on this role. This role is to be rotated so that all members have a turn at this role.
* Primary and Secondary groups theory
Considering the group is a class and formed randomly, it is called a secondary group. Here is some theory on the classification of group types.