SOWK 341 1UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINACOLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORKSOWK 341-002: HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I(HBSE): INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPANInstructor: Karen E. Leon, MSWClass Meeting Days/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:20 –3:35 PMOffice Hours: By appointmentContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgCOURSE DESCRIPTIONTo enhance students’ understanding of theories of individual development across the lifespan through various perspectives and within different cultural and sociological contexts. This includes knowledge of biological, psycho-social, and spiritual development.COURSE OVERVIEWThis course is specifically designed to provide students with the knowledge about human development and behavior in the social environment that is a necessary foundation for learning effective social work practice. The course reviews and critiques theories of individual development andoffers content that focuses on the challenges and strengths of serving persons who identify with vulnerable populations. PREREQUISITES: SOWK 201LEARNING OUTCOMES1.Analyze, evaluate, and apply theories related to individual biological, psychological and spiritual development and the impact of culture and social context on individual development and behavior 2.Organize and synthesize ideas from different perspectives and theories to make assessments of individual behavior throughout the life course, recognizing the reciprocal interactions among various system levels 3.While applying a bio-psycho-social perspective, recognize and discuss the strengths of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and range of environmental contexts 4.Discuss the implications of oppression and deprivation for individual development and behavior, with awareness of the overlapping effects of a variety of dimensions of diversity, including color, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identify and expression, sex and sexual orientation, culture, religion, and political ideology, age, disability, and socio-economic class 5.Explain the concept of resilience and how it applies to individuals in populations-at-risk; and, 6.Recall indicators of normal and abnormal physical, cognitive, andemotional development in sufficient detail to recognize when there is a need to refer an individual for professional evaluation and/or interventionSOWK 341 2EPASCompetencies Social Work Core CompetenciesPractice BehaviorsIndicators2.1.1Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordinglyattend to professional roles and boundariesDevelopmental History Paper; Presentationdemonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication2.1.3Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgementsDistinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdomDevelopmental History Paper;Presentation;ExamAnalyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluationdemonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues2.1.4Engage diversity and difference in practicerecognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiencesDevelopmental History Paper;Presentation;Examview themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants2.1.5Advance human rights and social and economic justiceunderstand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discriminationDevelopmental History Paper;Presentation2.1.7Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the process of assessment, intervention, and evaluationDevelopmental History Paper;Presentation;Examcritique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment2.1.10Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communitiesuse empathy and other interpersonal skillscollect, organize, and interpret client data
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