Singapore University of Social Sciences

Group Theory and Group Dynamics

Group Theory and Group Dynamics (COU106)

Applications Open: 01 October 2020

Applications Close: 01 December 2020

Next Available Intake: January 2021

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C), Resilience 2020

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Group Theory and Group Dynamics introduces students to group theory and the group process. Course content covers the nature and types of groups, dynamics of the group process, stages of group life, characteristics of effective groups, and the making of an effective group leader. Through online lectures, exercises, checklists and experiential learning in seminars, students will learn how to observe group processes to identify potential problems and issues, and apply relevant group skills to facilitate the group process.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, This will be administered on-campus.


  • History of groups and development of group theory
  • Nature and types of groups
  • Overview of group dynamics
  • Stages of group development
  • Communication and interaction in groups
  • Decision-making and problem-solving in groups
  • Diversity and controversy
  • Managing conflicts of interest
  • Team development and team-building
  • Characteristics of the effective group leader
  • Multicultural perspectives of groups
  • Application of group processes to specific groups

Learning Outcome

  • Present an overview on the nature and types of groups (B2)
  • Explain the different stages of the group process (B2)
  • Describe different patterns in group dynamics (B2)
  • Interpret individual behaviours in the context of group processes (B3)
  • Discuss the characteristics of effective groups and effective group leaders (B2)
  • Apply group theories to interpret behaviours of groups (B3)
  • Apply group theory to identify potential problems and issues in group dynamics (B3)
  • Use relevant group skills to facilitate group processes (B3)
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