Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ED - Educational Studies
  • HS - Human Studies

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Typically offered:


This course will examine essential questions about how groups function, whether the group is a committee involved in institutional governance, a class of adolescents, or a cohort of business colleagues.

Readings, activities, and assignments will weigh traditional and alternative conceptions of leadership, power, authority, community, diversity, membership, and exclusion. Students will engage in case discussions, writing (including autobiography and creative writing), and research activities.

A major component of the course will be the observation and analysis of a group (e.g., in a community organization, business, or school). The final paper will be the creation and analysis of a case. Evaluation will be based on class participation, responses to readings, facilitation of a case discussion, an autobiographical essay, a short story, reports of observations, and the final paper.

P/F grading only. Students will be expected to take the course Pass/Fail, with special arrangement to be made for those needing to take it for a grade.



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