Week Two - Week Two Chapters 1 and 11 Human Behavior...

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Week Two: Chapters 1 and 11 Human Behavior, Communities, Organizations, and Groups in the Macro Social Environment: An Empowerment Approach
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Macro Social Environment - defined Social Environment = the sum total of social and cultural conditions, circumstances, and human interactions that encompass human beings. Macro Social Environment = The configuration of communities, organizations, and groups within the latter that are products of social, economic, and political forces and social institutions.
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Community - defined Community = a number of people who have something in common that connects them in some way and that distinguishes them from others. A common feature might be a neighborhood where people live, and activity people share such as jobs, or other connects like ethnic identification. What other features can you think of?
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Organizations - defined Social entities that are goal directed, are designed as deliberately structured and coordinated activity systems, and are linked to the external environment. Structured groups of people who come together to work towards some mutual goal and perform established work activities that are divided among various units.
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Groups – defined A collection of people, brought together by mutual interests, who are capable of consistent and uniform action. Communities and organizations are made up of groups, which, in turn, are composed of individuals.
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Forces Social Forces are values and beliefs held by people in the social environment that are strong enough to influence people’s activities.
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Forces – con’d Economic forces are the resources that are available, how they are distributed, and how they are spent. Political Forces are the current government al structures, the laws to which people are subject, and the overall distribution of power amount the population. These are reflected in laws and public policies.
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Social Institutions An established and valued practice or means of operation in a society resulting in the development of a formalized system to carry out its purpose. Examples: religion, the family, military structure, government, and the social welfare system Can you think of others?
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7-step planned change process Engagement Assessment Planning Implementation (Intervention) Evaluation Termination Follow-up
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Ecological Perspective Systems Theory Ecosystems Theory + =
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Add one part systems theory System Boundaries Subsystem Homeostasis Role Relationship Input Output Feedback Interface Differentiation Entropy Negative entropy Equifinality
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System A set of elements that are orderly, interrelated, and a functional whole. Slab City, WI
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Week Two - Week Two Chapters 1 and 11 Human Behavior...

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