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Undergraduate Assessments
Assessment 1
Assessment Type Weighting Word Count Week Due
Case Study 50 2000 8
Read the case study below and write an essay analysing the situation in light of groupwork theory.
Case study
John is the group leader in week three of an eight week psycho-educational group. Until now the group has been quiet, but John has been setting the scene and providing them with relevant information. John has been told that his role as leader is to inform the group members of strategies and skills to manage their lives. At the beginning of the group this week there is a sense of uneasiness. The group members seem unsettled and eventually one of them states “We are not happy being lectured to each week”. This surprises John, but he continues on without too much acknowledgment. Several minutes later another group member states “Well if you can’t listen to us, maybe we should not listen to you!” It is clear that something has to be done to manage the situation.

Your essay should include:
• an explanation of the group’s problems in functioning
• a suggestion of probable causes of the dysfunction
• an analysis of the initial stages of the group’s development • a discussion of the role of contracting and group structure • an analysis of task and maintenance balance
• a discussion of power issues in the group
• suggested leader interventions and potential outcomes
• reference to relevant literature, linking your ideas to theory discussed in the unit Groupwork Theory and Practice
Unit Overview vii
Marking Criteria – Case Study
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Content Sub-Total: /30
1. Problems in the group’s functioning
2. Probable causes of dysfunction
3. Initial stages of the group’s
development analysed
4. Role of contracting and structure
5. Task and maintenance balance analysed
6. Power issues discussed
7. Leader interventions and potential
outcomes suggested
8. Evidence...
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