Human Behavior and the Social Environment – SOWK 300

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/15/2021

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 places on the inter-relatedness of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects with a "person in the environment" framework.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. 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. Discussions assess competencies 1 (Ethical and Professional Behavior) and 2 (Diversity).

Self-Ethnography Analysis Assignments

Self-Ethnography: Research Analysis Assignment

The student will complete at least 5 personal interviews or research activities in preparation for their Self-Ethnography: Personal Analysis Assignment and Self-Ethnography: Final Analysis Assignment. The purpose of the Self-Ethnography: Research Assignment is to help the student gain insight into their own early childhood and development by gathering information from other sources that they may not remember themselves. This assignment is completed within a provided template.

Self-Ethnography: Personal Analysis Assignment

The student will complete a 4-6 page paper with the goal of understanding their story from a life course perspective. They will practice integrating textbook theory with their own family to understand how an individual’s environment influences their psychosocial development.

Self-Ethnography: Final Analysis Assignment

The student will complete a 6-8 page paper with the goal of providing a thorough self-analysis,  gaining greater self-understanding, reflecting on personal strengths, and developing a plan for future growth and development.

Self-Ethnography Analysis Assignments assess competencies 1 (Ethical/Professional Behavior), 2 (Diversity), and 7 (Assessment).

Quizzes (10)

8 quizzes will cover the textbook 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. Weekly quizzes assess competencies 1 (Ethical and Professional Behavior), 2 (Diversity), 7 (Assessment), and 8 (Intervention).

The last 2 quizzes will be in Module 5: Week 5 and Module 8: Week 8. Each of these additional quizzes will be cumulative quiz and will cover the textbook material for each applicable Module: Week. Each of these cumulative quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit. Cumulative quizzes assess competencies 1 (Ethical and Professional Behavior), 2 (Diversity), 7 (Assessment), 8 (Intervention), and 9 (Evaluation).