Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery, World War II French pilot and author of The Little Prince, once noted: “There is but one problem—the problem of human relations…. There is no hope or joy except in human relations.” Beneath this sanguine notion, however, dwells a complex web of ideas and questions. The purpose of this team-taught course is to explore these underlying issues from two different, but overlapping, perspectives. On the one hand, we will review foundational theories and research from intra-psychic, social, and organizational psychology—emphasizing topic areas such as attitude theory and change, social influence, group dynamics, conflict resolution, and leadership. On the other hand, we will simultaneously draw on real-world case studies from business and organizational management. The emphasis here will be on issues of personnel assessment and management, market performance, negotiation, crisis management, and the role self-knowledge in the “inside game” of commercial enterprise. Connections between these two realms will be drawn via class discussions, presentations from the instructors, and selected visitors with significant backgrounds from a range of organizational, business and government settings. Lessons derived from failure events and the ‘cost of not knowing’ will be investigated, as well as examples from models of successful human relations experiences. The overall aim of the class will be guided by the ideals and practices of: the psychologist Abraham Maslow, who advised “The best way to see everything is to consider the whole darn thing”; and Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple, who expressed his success succinctly as “It was small teams of great people doing wonderful things”. Student evaluations will be based on multiple criteria, including class participation, several individual papers and research reports and contribution to team projects.



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