Human Behavior and the Social Environment – SOWK 300

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Human Behavior and the Social Environment is a course that utilizes a life course perspective and additional theoretical perspectives as tools for understanding human behavior and its development across the life span. Particular focus is placed on the inter-relatedness of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects with a “person in the environment” framework.

Prerequisites

ENGL 102 and SOWK 101

Rationale

Social workers interact with people on a daily basis. There are various components that impact people’s behavior. This course prepares the student with foundational knowledge necessary for understanding the complexity of human behavior within the context of the social environment.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

  • Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context
  • Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior; appearance; and oral, written, and electronic communication
  • Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes
  • Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

  • Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels
  • Present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences
  • Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies
  • Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies
  • Select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

  • Critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies
  • Use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes
  • Negotiate, mediate, and advocate with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies
  • Facilitate effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

  • Select and use appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes
  • Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention and program processes and outcomes
  • Apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 1 biblical principle. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. All threads and replies must be in current APA format.

Self-Ethnography Research Analysis

Research

The student will conduct at least 5 interviews and/or research activities in preparation for his/her Self-Ethnography Research Analysis – Final Submission. The date of the interview/research, the person interviewed or type of research completed, and a summary of findings must be included on the provided form.

Draft

In a 4–6-page paper in current APA style, the student must develop a comprehensive narrative analysis of his/her life from conception to early childhood (mentioning parents, caregivers, and siblings, as applicable). The student will ask family members and/or friends for their perspectives. The goal of this analysis is to help the student understand his/her story from a life course perspective, practice integrating theory with an actual family, understand how one’s environment influences psycho-social development, and gain greater self-understanding.

Final Submission

The student will develop a comprehensive narrative analysis of his/her life in an 8–10-page paper using current APA style. The student will interview family members and/or friends for their perspectives. The goal of this analysis is to help the student understand his/her story from a life course perspective, practice integrating theory with an actual family, understand how a person’s environment influences psycho-social development, and gain greater self-understanding. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 15-minute time limit.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit.