Group Process I-II-III

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSHS3DP401-02-034

Semester and Year Offered: Semester 1, 2, 3.

Course Coordinator and Team: Prof. Anup Dhar and Dr. ManolaGayatri Kumaraswamy

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Course Objectives/Description:

course is aimed at understanding ‘groups’. It enhances the ability in the student to diagnose and facilitate group processes, as well as to understand and internalize the dynamics of inter-personal effects-affects in groups and collectives. is important because the MPhil student needs to works with self-help groups and collectives in their Action Research. This group process experience (this is not a taught Course) helps participants understand and internalize individuals and groups as vehicles and receptacles of resistance and change. The relationships between people, communities, groups and institutions are explored in this course. Learners draw on their field experience and link it with aspects including theories of individual/group/community learning, leadership, forces that hinder or help groups. In this course, by reflecting on their ‘here and now’ experience of being part of a group, learners would explore aspects of inter-personal awareness, sensitivity, and responsiveness, including listening, communicating and relating. Through this course, it is expected that the learner would have developed a cognizance of a ‘group’ as an object of enquiry, the process of maturation unfolding within her/his own self, and an enhanced ability to mobilize group resources and be reflective of the relational self as facilitator. The student also learns to distinguish between the ‘Other in the group’ and the ‘Other of the group’.

Course Outcomes:

On successful completion of this course MPhil students will be able to:

  1. Facilitate Group Processes in the village and with the rural community in which they are working.
  2. Have an empathetic understanding of Groups and the psychological processes therein.
  3. Form Groups and Collectives.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules: It’s a workshop based course and not a taught one.

Assessment Details with weights:

  1. Group Work: Ways of Relating (50%)
  2. Group Presentation: Relational Learning and its Experience (50%)