FSW 618 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of human behavior and development throughout the life span within its social context. Specific theories from the biological, psychological, social and cultural theory base are presented throughout the course, concurrent with the presentation of life span development. Human behavior is analyzed in terms of intrapersonal, familial and sociocultural phenomena. The course includes theories and knowledge about the range of social systems in which individuals live, including families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities. The ecological perspective provides a holistic basis for examining adaptive and maladaptive behavior, family processes and their effects on individual family members, and individual development and behavior in relationship to race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexual orientation, and other aspects of diversity. The influences of prejudice, discrimination and oppression on individual, family and social functioning are addressed throughout the course. Theories are examined critically for their validity in recognizing human potential for growth and as a foundation for strengths-based social work practice, with an emphasis on empowerment. Attention is also given to ethics and social work values in evaluating theories and their application to practice.

Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program and Human Behavior and the Social Environment I.

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