BTateWeek2Assignment SW.docx - Worksheet Dissecting a...

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 4 pages.

Worksheet: Dissecting a Theory and Its Application to a Case Study Most theories can be dissected and analyzed. All theories will tell you something about their focus or unit of analysis. A theory will identify its major or key concepts. It will also point to the definition of the problem and its cause. This then guides how the social worker assesses and intervenes, because the theory will also articulate the role of the social worker and how change occurs. Basic Assumptions of the Theory Directions: For each section, respond in 2 to 3 sentences to the following prompts. Where relevant, provide citations to support your claims. Name of theory General Systems Theory Name of theorist Ludwig von Bertalanffy What are the major assumptions of the theory ? The main assumption of systems theory is that a complex system is made up of multiple smaller systems, and it is the interactions between these smaller systems that create a complex system as it’s known. ( Introduction to Systems Theory in Social Work , n.d.) What are the theory’s key concepts? The key concept of systems theory, regardless of which discipline it’s being applied to, is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts ( Introduction to Systems Theory in Social Work , n.d.) . What is the theory’s focus or unit of analysis? The focus is on the interactions and on the relationships between parts to understand an entity's organization, functioning and outcomes ( Introduction to Systems Theory in Social Work , n.d.). What is the theory’s overall explanation for the cause of problems? A holistic approach to an individual’s personality, choices and hardships (

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture