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SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK ScWk 212: HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I (Course Code: 43603, Section 4) Fall, 2007 Office Location: 215E WSH Instructor: Laurie Drabble, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W. Office Hours : T/Th 9:30-noon and by appt. Class Meeting Time: Thursday, 1:30-4:15 Phone : (408) 924-5836 Classroom Location: BBC 126 Email : [email protected] or [email protected] Catalog Description Systems theory and the ecological model presented with transcultural perspectives from infancy to the end of adult life cycle. Emphasizes behavior of individuals and families, especially Latino/as, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and other diverse and oppressed populations. Three units. Course Description ScWk 212, Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE), is a foundation course that proposes various theories to examine human behavior, the life cycle (or life span), in the social environment. The primary theoretical foundation utilized is systems theory, and the ecological model, which views human behavior as an outcome of biological, psychological, familial, social, economic, political and cultural factors. In ScWk 212, a special focus is given to transcultural perspectives, and to alternative paradigms to human development—from prenatal development to older adulthood and death. The diverse needs of the individual, particularly populations-at-risk, are highlighted, e.g., populations of color; women; gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals; children, youth, and older adults; people with disabilities. Moreover, social work ethics, values, and commitment are related to issues of social and economic justice (e.g., their impact on the individual and their environment). This course provides a systemic and ecological theoretical linkage to practice content offered in ScWk 220, Transcultural Generalist Practice I, and it prepares students to understand group, organizational, and community behavior covered in ScWk 214 (HBSE II). Learning Objectives Upon completion of ScWk 212 students will be able to: 1. Understand theoretical foundations used in social work that examine reciprocal relationships between human behavior and social environments including systems theory and the ecological perspective. Program Objectives: M 2.1 (Theoretical frameworks) M 2.4 (Generalist perspective) 1
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2. Demonstrate knowledge of theories related to understanding biological, sociological, cultural, psychological and spiritual development across the life span. Program Objectives: M 2.1 (Theoretical frameworks) M 2.4 (Generalist perspective) 3. Demonstrate understanding of the transcultural perspective including specific theories, frameworks, and empirical literature associated with this perspective. Program Objectives: M 1.1 (Transcultural Perspective) 4. Demonstrate knowledge of multiple systems and the interaction between and among systems including individual, family, and a wide range of social systems. Program Objectives: M 2.1
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