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					                    SOCIOLOGY OF SMALL GROUPS
                         SOCIOLOGY 334-01
                            FALL 2011

Professor: Dr. Bill Zollweg
Office: 437 I CWH
Phone: 785-8465
Office Hours: M T W Th F @ 10-11am
No Cell phone or Pagers are to be used during class!
No Computers without professor permission!
No hats are to be worn during an exam!


   Appointments must be made with me verbally, and then confirmed
    by writing a note on my office door appointment sheet at least 24
    hours prior to the meeting.
   No appointment is needed during my open office hours.

                         COURSE DESCRIPTION

   One goal of soc 334 is to prepare students for the dynamics of group
    interaction in professional and social settings. All of you will be
    working with or influencing groups of people in your future
    professional and personal lives. Understanding the dynamics of
    small group interaction and having an understanding of some of the
    techniques for solving conflict and improving communication will
    be beneficial to you in the future.
   A second goal of the course is to help you improve your ability to
    write in a professional manner. Writing in sociology, or any science,
    is difficult to master, but with practice and some willingness to
    learn you will become more accomplished. Technical writing
    requires that you write with specific terminology and using that
    terminology accurately requires practice and patience. The ability
    to write with professional technique, without vague or ambiguous
    terms will make you a more valuable professional in your field.

Text: Group Dynamics, by Donelson R. Forsyth /Available at Textbook Rental
                                               Influence – Pgs. 177-213
Sociological Imagination - Selected Readings   Majority Influence
Nurture v. nature                              Minority Influence
Human motivation                               Sources of Influence
Individual behavior
                                               Power in Groups – Pgs. 214-244
The Nature of Groups – Pgs. 1-30               Defining power
Definition of group                            Bases of power
Group dynamics                                 Conformity
Studying Groups – Pgs. 30-46
Techniques                                     Performance – Pgs. 281-304
Observation                                    Social Facilitation
Case study                                     Social Loafing
Experimental/non-experimental                  Social Motivation
                                               Performance Dynamics
Group Theory – Pgs. 47-55
Motivational                                   Exam #2 11-9-11
Systems                                        Decision Making – Pgs. 305-350
Cognitive                                      Defining communication
Biological                                     Brainstorming
The Individual and the Group – Pgs. 56-86      Delphi Technique
Isolation to Belonging                         Groupthink
Individualism to Collectivism
Personal Identity to Social Identity           Leadership – Pgs. 245-280
                                               Defining leadership
Group Formation – Pgs. 87-115                  Contingency model
Joining                                        Leader-member exchange
Group Affiliation                              Participation theory
Group Attraction
                                               Conflict – Pgs. 379-409
Exam #1 10-7-11                                Defining conflict
                                               Causes of conflict
Group Cohesion – Pgs. 116-142                  Stages of conflict
Defining Group Cohesion                        Conflict resolution
Cohesion Over Time
Consequence of Cohesion                        Exam #3 12-14-11
Work-Group Cohesion

     Exams (120 points)

 The first component of the course evaluation consists of three examinations.
  Each student will have an opportunity to take three 40-question multiple-
  choice tests. Exams will be completed on D2L, so you will not need to come
  to the classroom for the exam. You will have 45 minutes to complete the 40-
  question exam. The exam format is progressive, so you will not be able to
  go back to a previous question. Each exam is random, in the order of both
  questions and the order of response choices (every student’s exam is
  unique). Some of the exam questions will be drawn from the text readings
  and others will be directly from class lecture and discussion. Each exam
  will be worth 40 points.

      Participation (50 points)

   The third component of the evaluation will be class participation.
   Participation in a University level learning experience means different
   things to different professors. Among the common meanings are
   attendance, verbal contributions to class discussions, demonstrations of
   interest in the subject matter, and enthusiasm.
      o   All students start the class with zero participation points; points range from -50 to +50.
          Students who miss class, show disrespect for others, the subject matter, or the professor will
          receive negative point values, while students that attend class and make valuable contribution
          to class dialog will receive positive point values. Keep in mind that participation means more
          than just talking in class, you must make positive contributions to the course!
                For example, positive points are earned by:
                         Completing in-class impromptu essays
                         Stopping by my office
                         Attentive listening
                         Contributing to class discussion
  Students who display negative participation may be dropped from the course (prior to the University
  drop/add date).
                Negative participation involves, but is not limited to:
                         Sleeping in class
                         Missing class (three times results in a drop)
                         Repeatedly disrupting class
                         Presenting an unwillingness to learn
                         Using class time for personal business

                                            Grading Scale
                                         170-154 = A     (92%)
                                         153-141 = A/B   (84%)
                                         140-127 = B     (76%)
                                         126-116 = B/C   (68%)
                                         115-102 = C     (60%)

101-88 = D    (52%)
87 ---> = F

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