Group Processes and Social Conflict


Chuck Huff
MWF
11:50-12:45
Holland Hall 516
Current as of 2/8/99
Holland Hall 314
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646.3169
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Syllabus
Middle East Links
The Negotiation Project
The Negotiation Documents
Levels of Analysis
The A paper
Class Main Page

Required Texts

Donelson Forsyth

Group Dynamics

Rubin, Pruitt & Kim

Social Conflict

In this class, we will be both studying and experiencing group dynamics and group conflict. We will concentrate our attention on group conflict. But we will spend some bit of time, particularly early on, in learning about group process in small task oriented groups&emdash;the sort of groups in which you will be working. A great deal of your time will be concentrated in applying what we know about conflict resolution to the current negotiations over the West Bank. More on this later.

Your grade will depend almost entirely on your groups success in negotiation and analysis across the 3 negotations. Notice that I have reduced the emphasis on the first negotiation analysis to allow you to get used to this format without too large a penalty.

The projects involve researching the background and taking as a "client" one of the parties in the negotiation over the West Bank. The project will be completed in several stages: your first assignment will be to prepare a "background briefing" for the class based on your research on your client. Throughout the semester, you will be participating in "negotiation role play," where you will take the part of the parties you have studied. Each of these role playing incidents will result in a journal and an analysis paper. Each analysis paper will be due 1 week after your negotiation.

In addition, you will be asked to make a communication profile for yourself, indicating your perceived strengths and weaknesses, and to keep a communications journal that tracks your achievements, challenges, and progress.

Please pay close attention to the documents on the negotiation process and to the instructions for the journal and analysis paper. Since you will be working in groups I will have high standards forthe quality of your papers.

Negotiation Grading Scheme

Client Presentation

5%

Negotiation 1

Negotiation

5%

Journal & Analysis

15%

Personal Journal

3%

23%

Negotiation 2

Negotiation

5%

Journal & Analysis

25%

Personal Journal

3%

33%

Negotiation 3

Negotiation

5%

Journal & Analysis

30%

Personal Journal

4%

39%

Total Negotiation

100%


Schedule

Topic
Comment
Assignment

Feb

M
8
Introductions

.

W
10
Video on the Conflict

.

F
12
Communication Profiles

.

M
15

Choose Clients

.

W
17
Bruce Benson
talk on Jerusalem
Class Web Sites

.

F
19
Group Structure

F 5

.

M
22
Cohesion

F 6

.

W
24
Leadership

F 12

.

F
26
Power

F 8

March

M
1

Client Presentations

.

W
3

Client Presentations

.

F
5
Performance

F 10

.

M
8
Decision Making

F 11

W
10
Influence
Negotiation 1 Begins
F 7

.

F
12
Self Definition

F 3

.

M
15
Intergroup Perception

F 13

.

W
17
Negotiation 1 Deadline
Negotiation in Class

.

F
19

Debriefing

M
22
Reviewing Groups

.

W
24

.

F
26

Neg. 1 Docs Due

.

M
29
Spring Break

.

.

.

W
31
More
Spring Break

.

April

F
2
Still

.

Spring Break

.

M
5
Still
More
Spring Break

.

W
7
John Conbere: Dispute Resolution in Schools

.

F
9
Choosing Strategies
RPK 1,2,3

.

M

12

Tips on Contention
RPK 4

.

W

14

Development of Escalation
RPK 5

.

F

16

Structural Changes in Conflict
RPK 6

.

M

19

Social Psychology of Terror
Handout

.

W

21

Effects of Escalation
RPK 7

.

F

23

Avoiding Escalation
Short Paper Due
RPK 8

.

M

26

Negotiation 2 Begins

.

W

28

Stalemate
RPK 9

.

F

30

Problem Solving
RPK 10

May

M

3

3rd Party Intervention
RPK 11

.

W

5

Huff at NSF

.

F

7

Negotiation in Class

.

M

10

Debriefing

.

W

12

Debriefing

.

.

.

Negotiation 3 Docs due Wednesday, May 19, by 4:30 PM

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Syllabus
Middle East Links
The Negotiation Project
The Negotiation Documents
Levels of Analysis
The A paper
Class Main Page

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