12 angry men the movie

SOWK 3341 Interventive Methods II

March 8

12 Angry Men and Group Dynamics

I. Social Problem

a. Identify and thoroughly discuss one social problem displayed in the film 12 Angry Men

b. Identify and discuss a theoretical framework associated with the selected social problem

c. How would a social worker use group practice to address this problem?


II. NASW Code of Ethics

a. In your own words, briefly describe a core value andor ethical principle (NASW Code of Ethics or AASWG) that you would relate to group leadership.

b. Explain how the selected valueprinciple may be related (linked) to group leadership displayed in the film 12 Angry Men.

c. How would you use the NASW Code of Ethics to describe an effective Group Leader?

III. Group Leadership

a. In your own words briefly define group leadership.

b. Describe and discuss the types of leadership styles reflected in the film

c. Summarize the impact of “group think” on the jury’s final decision to enter a not guilty verdict.

d. What is your leadership style?

When it comes to the leadership question here is the definition of them. I think I am a Democratic Leader though.

SOWK 3341

Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-Faire Leaders

Charles Zastrow

Leadership-Style Approach

Authoritarian Leaders

Leaders who have more absolute power than democratic leaders, set goals and policies, dictate the activities of the members and develop major plans. Authoritarian leadership is generally efficient and decisive. One of the hazards, however, is that group members may respond out of necessity and not because of commitment to group goals. This style of leadership experience backbiting and bickering among group members-behind the scenes jockeying for positions among members and a decline in morale.

Democratic Leaders

In contrast, democratic leaders seek the maximum involvement and participation of every member in all decisions affecting the group and attempt to spread responsibility rather than concentrate it. Democratic leadership can lead to slow decision making and confusion, but it is frequently more effective because of strong cooperation that emerges from group participation. Complaining that is kept behind the scenes in the authoritarian approach usually becomes public.

Laissez-Faire Leaders

These leaders participate very little, and group members are generally left to function with little input. Group members seldom function well under a laissez-faire style, which may be effective only when the members are committed to a course of action, have the resources to implement it, and need minimal leadership to reach their goals. For example, laissez-faire leadership may work well in a college department in which the faculty members are competent and responsible, and have the resources to meet their objectives.

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