Social Work | Hum Beh/Soc Env I: Individual
S221 | ALL | Marcella Padgett


S221 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: 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 social 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 introduced
to these factors of human functioning and are required to examine
their individual and interactional effects.

This course uses a range of perspectives including strengths
perspective, person-in-environment perspective, systems perspective,
and ecological perspective.  It focuses on life cycle development and
examines bio-psychosocial 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 opportunity in United
States society.  This content on race, gender, 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
aobut individual functioning which are introduced in this course.
Students are expected to acquire skills in using this knowledge to
analyze and understand human behavior.