Social Work | Human Behavior and the Social Enviroment I
S221 | 9477 | Tba

Individual functioning is the first of three social work courses in
the Human Behavior and Social Environment (HBSE) content area. This
course assists the undergraduate school work student to build a
knowledge base about human behavior. This course focuses on
understanding the interaction between a person and her/his
environment. Such understanding requires knowledge about
intrapsychic, interpersonal, familial, cultural, and societal
influences. Students are also introduced to these factors of human
functioning and are required to examine their individual and
interactional effects.

This course uses a range of theories and perspectives including
strengths perspective, person in environment perspective, systems
perspective, and ecological perspective.  It focuses on life cycle
development and examines bio-psycho-social needs, tasks, and turning
points for each stage of the human life cycle with a view to
sensitizing students to regularities and possible variations, as well
as issues and crises in the developing person's life cycle.  It also
focuses on how family context and structure impact individual
development and functioning.

This course builds on the dual perspective to analyze inequality,
discrimination, and differential access to opportunities in United
States society.  This content on race, gender, age, class, and sexual
orientation aids students in developing an understanding of
oppression and its impact on individual functioning. Students are
expected to integrate knowledge gained from courses in biology,
psychology, and sociology with the concepts, principles, and theories
about individual functioning which are introduced in this course.
Students are expected to acquire skills in using this knowledge to
analyze and understand human behavior. They also are expected to
critique and apply theory.