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Application of System Theory Walden University SOCW 6060 Patricia Coccoma, PhD. Application of Systems Theory
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? Observation, reflexivity, determinism, cause and effect, self-organization and interdependence (Turner, 2017). What are the theory’s key concepts? The 3 key concepts are System, Homeostasis and Boundaries. The system is thought of as a set of elements standing in relation to its environment. Living systems are open that are in a steady state and within this system there is an exchange of material components to maintain homeostasis (Turner, 2017).

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