Human Behavior at the Movies and in Literature-Syllabus.doc

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Socw-3992 Human Behavior in Literature and in the Movies Dr. Glenn E. Rohrer Phone-850-474-2154 [email protected] Course Description: This on-line introductory course in behavioral science provides the student with a basic understanding of human behavior by utilizing movies and passages from literature to illustrate various behaviors. The course utilizes a person-in- environment, social work perspective, as a framework for understanding human behavior. The course explores issues and behaviors related to anxiety, mood, substance abuse, psychosis, and personality. The theoretical approach utilized will be based in ecological systems theory widely used in social work practice which looks at biological-psychological-social-spiritual dimensions of behavior. Character studies from movies staring Nicole Kidman, Kevin Spacey, and Jack Nicholson and literature from writers such as Charles Dickens, Jack London, and Edgar Allen Poe will be utilized to demonstrate this broad based theoretical understanding of human behavior. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the student will: Understand the impact of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors on human behavior. Identify and describe human behavior patterns which reflect problems in social functioning related to anxiety, mood, substance abuse, psychosis, and personality. Evaluate the role of ecological systems theory in understanding human behavior.
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