SWO 210 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Course Description

This course focuses on the internal and external variables that influence human development across the lifespan. Students will study the range of social systems in which people live, describe empirically-based knowledge of human behavior in the social environment, identify concepts, assumptions and critiques of developmental theories and assess the level of impact that diversity and socio-economic levels have on human development. In addition to exploring bio-psycho-social theories students will utilize social work conceptual frameworks to guide evaluation of existing case studies, programs, and interventions. Various constructs from the Social Work profession will be utilized throughout the course. These include but are not limited to: bio-psycho-social, Person in Environment (PIE), strengths-perspective, Problem Solving Process/Generalist Intervention Model, NASW Code of Ethics and systems theory. This course is a required course for the DCCC, Associate in Arts Degree in Social Work. Students who are planning to transfer to a 4-year institution and complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) are advised to plan early for transfer and meet with an advisor and transfer specialist. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: Describe, compare and contrast empirically-based theories of human behavior in the social environment throughout the lifespan, including: the Person in Environment Perspective, strengths-perspective, Problem Solving Process/Generalist Intervention Model, NASW Code of Ethics, systems theory and bio-psycho-social contexts. Demonstrate beginning knowledge of the various aspects of diversity and socio-economic levels that impact human development and behavior, including their own, by identifying concepts, assumptions and critiques of developmental theories related to all stages of life. Assess client functioning within the social environment from various perspective, including the eco-system perspectives and explain how social institutions impact a client’s functioning in the dynamic environment over the lifespan. Evaluate results from a client case study, published within an academic Social Work textbook or journal ((or related discipline), by applying the theories presented in this course to the case study and describe the individuals functioning from an eco-systems perspective and how the interventions were used to support the client. Identify concepts, assumptions and critiques of developmental theories related to the stages of life across the lifespan. Utilize technology to access information.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: SWO/HUS101, PSY 140, SOC 110, ENG 100