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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK Spring 2010 SCWK 131 HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II Course Code: 29550, Section 02 Instructor: Nathan C. Thomas, M.S.W. Office: WSQ# 217J Class Meeting Time: Tuesdays 6-8:45pm Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-6pm Classroom Location: Clark Hall 135 or by appointment Phone: (408) 350-7270 E-Mail: Catalog Description The theories for understanding the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations analyzed from a social work practice perspective. Socio-cultural influences on human behavior. Course Description This course examines in detail major social system influences on human development and behavior, culture, society, social class, community, organizations, small groups, and family. Careful consideration is given to the impact of gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Recommended Prerequisite: SCWK 130. Learning Objectives Upon completion of SW 131, learners are expected to: 1. Explain and analyze the impact of major social systems (culture, society, social class, communities, organizations, small groups, and families) on human behavior. Program Objectives: B2.1 (Theory/Life-span), B.3.4 (Organizations/agency) 2. Analyze the influence of social stratification, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity as it relates to human behavior. Program Objectives: B1.1 (Transcultural perspective); B1.2 (Diversity); B3.1 (Power, privilege, oppression) 3. Identify the factors that contribute to prejudice, discrimination, and oppression and analyze the consequences of discrimination and oppression in the context of social work values and ethics. 4. Distinguish the impact of social and economic justice/injustice on dominant and non- dominant individuals, families, social groups and communities. Program Objectives: B1.1 (Transcultural perspective); B1.2 (Diversity); B3.1 (Power, privilege, oppression) 1
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5. Apply critical thinking to major theories and concepts used for understanding human behavior in social work practice. Program Objectives: B4.2 (Research); B4.1 (Critical thinking); COURSE REQUIREMENTS Learning Experiences This course will utilize lectures, videos, class discussion on readings and case studies as teaching/learning tools. Readings: Students are required to read all assigned material and should be prepared to discuss the reading material assigned for each class. Supplemental readings, and take home exams will be placed on the course website which can be accessed via my faculty webpage through the School of Social Work or directly at: The password to access documents will be given to you in class.
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