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2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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SW 208 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment micro

Second course of a two-semester sequence.  Use of theory and empirical data to analyze human behavior, as it develops in a variety of sociopolitical environments.  Introduces a broad range of theories relating to biological, psychological, cognitive, and social development.  Focuses of the social, physical and intellectual development of the human being, from birth through death.  Semester-long inquiry describing how persons are in a continual state of growth throughout their life cycle.  Each new epic in their life span presents the person with new challenges, though changes in their physical, social and emotional environments.  Provides students with content about differences and similarities in the experiences, needs, and beliefs of people to enable them as social work practitioners to assess and serve diverse populations, including those distinguished by race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental ability, age, and national origin.  Focuses on studying individuals and families. formerly SW 310

Prerequisites & Notes
Co-Requisite:  SW 301 – The Brain Processes and Social Work Practice

Assignment Overview
Assignment Overview:

Assignments: 2 exams, discussions

Interactivity limited

Final Assessment: Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Course Objectives:

  • Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws 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
  • 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
  • Apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels
  • Engage in practices that advance social economic, and environmental justice
  • Use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies
  • Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies
  • Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies
  • 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

Credits: 3 credits

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