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(SOCW 357) Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Provides a multidimensional view of human development from conception through adolescence utilizing a systems approach to infuse biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and developmental frameworks that organize human behavior.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisite SOCW 160
Offered Fall, Winter, Spring
Programs Social Work (BSW), Introduction to Social Work Minor

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to examine and assess problematic situations and identify various alternatives available to the client.
  2. Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of ecosystems theory and its application in social work.
  3. Students will be able to explain the major biological developments and changes that take place during infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
  4. Students will critically evaluate their own life, identifying major milestones and sources of trauma, and will explore how those events helped to shape who they are today.
  5. Students will be able to use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations. (PB2)
  6. Students will be able to apply and communicate an understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. (PB6)
  7. Students will be able to present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experience. (PB7)
  8. Students will be able to apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies. (PB8)
  9. Students will be able to apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies. (PB17)
  10. Students will be able to use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies. (PB18)