SWK 510 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment

SWK 510 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment

3credit hours

This course is built on a liberal arts foundation and based on the assumption that students enrolled in this course already have grounding in the liberal arts, especially in the social sciences, humanities, and philosophy. The intent will be to prepare students to understand human development across the life cycle, focusing on the interactions between and among dimensions (cultural, biological, social, psychological and spiritual) that impact human behavior. This course will also address how larger systems such as families, groups, communities, and organizations function and how they impede or enhance a person’s development through the life cycle.  Issues such as diversity, social and economic justice, oppression, discrimination, and resilience are a few factors which will be underscored throughout. In addition, students will evaluate human behavior theories in light of the impact of class, sexual orientation, poverty, sexism, ageism, physical ability, racism, ethnicity, and culture and their utility and danger in explaining and predicting human behavior. Students will examine their own values and ethics as they relate to social work values and ethics and to the Saint Leo University Values of Personal Development and Responsible Stewardship.