Group Dynamics


Course Objective

The learning outcomes for the student after completing this course are:
1. The student is able to study and analyse groups in their most
important features.
2. The student is able to discuss and explain how being in a group
influences individual, interpersonal and intergroup attitudes, behaviour
and cognition.
3. The student is able to discuss and explain how individual members can
influence group norms and group behaviour.
4. The student is able to identify and select appropriate theoretical
frameworks and research techniques for the study of groups.
5. The student is able to critically reflect on group processes in the
light of key theories and a basic understanding of research methods
6. The student is able to reflect on how the various subjects impact
her/his daily life and her/his civic responsibility
7. The student is able to collaborate in a team
8. The student further develops communication skills such as being able
to explain her/his ideas (both in written and verbally) as well as to
listen and understand ideas from others
9. The student is able to learn by him/herself and to manage time
10. The student further develops reading and writing skills

Course Content

This course offers an introduction into group dynamics from a joint
social, organizational, and evolutionary psychology perspective. We
analyze and discuss important themes in group dynamics such as group
formation, conflict and cooperation, power and social identity,
conformity and obedience, group performance and decision-making,
prejudice and intergroup relations. We draw on theory and research from
social psychology, neuroscience, organizational and biological sciences
to investigate why humans form groups and how group dynamics affect
individual and social functioning. The course uses examples from group
dynamics in a variety of domains such as business, sports,
politics, education, and religion to address such questions as "Why do
humans live in groups?", "Do cohesive groups perform better" "Does power
corrupt?", "Are there differences between men and women in group
behavior?", and "Do groups tend to behave in more extreme ways than
individuals would do on their own?"

Teaching Methods

Group dynamics is a short but intensive course, consisting of 6 lectures
with in-class exercises, 3 group assignments, one individual assignment,
and an exam. Students should spend each week around 42 hours attending
lectures, reading the literature, working on assignments and preparing
for the exam.
That means that for four weeks, students are expected to concentrate
full-time (i.e., the equivalent of a 9-5 job) on this course.

Method of Assessment

A written examination, containing a mixture of multiple choice and open
ended questions, and a set of group and individual assignments
challenging the student to apply their theoretical knowledge about group
dynamics to the real world.


- Forsyth, Donelson R. (2019) Group Dynamics. 7th edition. Cengage
- Supplementary readings such as journal articles and book chapters.

Additional Information

Lectures, exams and assignments are in English.
It is only possible to write the assignments and to answer the open exam
questions in English.

General Information

Course Code P_BGRDYNA
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. B.M. Armenta Gutierrez MSc
Examiner dr. B.M. Armenta Gutierrez MSc
Teaching Staff dr. B.M. Armenta Gutierrez MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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