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SOW 210 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Eligible for ENG 101L  

This course provides a conceptual framework for knowledge of human behavior and the social environment with a focus on individuals throughout the life span. Special attention to biological, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural systems will be examined.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Analyze empirically-based research as it applies to human behavior in the social environment.
  2. Identify concepts, assumptions and critiques of developmental theories related to stages of life from pre/neonatal development through older adulthood.
  3. Explore the impact of diversity, including ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, class and disability, at-risk and resilient factors on human behavior and development.
  4. Discover the importance of eclecticism in the process of applying theory.
  5. Discuss the complexities of human behavior in the social environment.
  6. Describe multiple levels of functioning within the eco-systems perspective Including impact of various social systems on human behavior, including families, groups, communities, organizations and larger societal systems.
Listed Topics
  1. Physical, cognitive, emotional and social development
  2. Theoretical views of human development
  3. Pre-Conception/Neonatal through late adulthood/old age period of development
  4. Death, dying, grief and loss
  5. Sexuality in childhood, adolescence and adulthood
  6. Culture, Identity and social change
  7. Aging effects, cohort effects and period effects
  8. Biological aging and pathological aging
  9. Longevity, life expectancy and life span
  10. Dynamics of population and demographics
  11. Social and Urban problems
  12. Social Systems Theory
Reference Materials
Current textbook, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 5/28/2013
Last Reviewed: 5/9/2019

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