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
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?
What are the theory’s key concepts?