SOCIOLOGY OF SMALL GROUPS
Professor: Dr. Bill Zollweg
Office: 437 I CWH
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.
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
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
Group Theory – Pgs. 47-55
Motivational Exam #2 11-9-11
Systems Decision Making – Pgs. 305-350
Cognitive Defining communication
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
Group Formation – Pgs. 87-115 Contingency model
Joining Leader-member exchange
Group Affiliation Participation theory
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
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
Contributing to class discussion
Students who display negative participation may be dropped from the course (prior to the University
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
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