Singapore University of Social Sciences

Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics (PSY263)


Understanding people and the way they feel, behave and think necessitates an understanding of the groups that people are in. Human behaviour is so fundamentally group behaviour that individuals must be studied and understood in contexts that are embedded in their families, friendships, colleagues, cliques, groups, and teams. In PSY263 Group Dynamics, students will gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of group dynamics and discuss the importance of studying human behaviour in the context of the groups that they are in. Students will discuss issues such as group formation, group cohesion, group development, and group conflict. Other issues such as group influence, group power, group leadership, group performance, and group decision making will also be examined.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Introduction to Group Dynamics
  • Inclusion and Identity
  • Formation
  • Cohesion
  • Development
  • Conflict
  • Influence
  • Power
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Teams
  • Decision Making

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the principles and concepts that guide the study of group dynamics.
  • Discuss the necessity and importance of studying human behaviour in the context of their groups.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major theories and models of group dynamics.
  • Apply knowledge in understanding the transformation from personal identity to social identity.
  • Develop practical research skills in doing research in group dynamics.
  • Appraise case studies and research findings based on the understanding of group dynamics.
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