130_Syllabus_Fall_2007 - SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL...

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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK SCWK 130: HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I Course Code: # 56704 Section 1 Fall Semester, 2007 Office: WSQ #217G Instructor: Hortencia A. Calvillo, LCSW Office Hours: Monday 12-1:00pm Class Meeting Time: Mondays 1:30 – 4:45pm or by appointment Classroom Location: Sweeney Hall 346 Phone: (408) 924-5831 E-mail: [email protected] Catalog Description: Theories and knowledge of bio-psycho-social development from birth to old age. The dynamics of interacting social systems and culture on human development. Theories and research on risk and resilience. Human diversity and populations-at-risk emphasized. Course Description: This course studies human behavior in the social environment over the life cycle from pre-natal to old age, analyzed from a systems perspective. Special emphasis is placed on the interactions between and among human biological, social, psychological and cultural systems as they affect and are affected by human behavior. Populations at risk, diversity and social and economic justice are emphasized. This course is a prerequisite for SCWK 131. Learning Objectives Upon completion of SCWK 130, through written and in-class assignments, students will be able to: 1. Analyze the impact of culture, race, ethnicity, gender and social class on human behavior and development utilizing a trans-cultural perspective and a systems approach. 2. Demonstrate knowledge of human biological, psychological, and social development, including theories and knowledge about the range of systems in which individuals function (with emphasis on individuals, families, and groups). 3. Analyze the interactions between and among human, biological, psychological, social and cultural systems as they affect and are affected by human behavior by applying the skills of critical thinking. 4. Discuss the ways in which systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving optimal health and well-being. 5. Identify populations at-risk, define issues related to social and economic justice, and demonstrate understanding and appreciation of human diversity. 6. Describe the impact of social and economic forces on individuals and systems. 1
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7. Identify the values and ethical issues related to bio-psycho-social theories 8. Evaluate and apply theory to client situations. 9. Articulate the personal values and beliefs that influence the student’s understanding of people and their behaviors. Learning Experiences: In this course, lectures and class discussion are used to clarify concepts presented in the main texts and to apply theories of development to case examples. When possible, films are used to illustrate various developmental stages. Take home and in-class exercises provide each student with continuing opportunities to assess his/her mastery of the course materials. Grading and Evaluation:
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