Social Work | Hum Beh/Soc Env III:Comm/Orgztn
S323 | 8940 | Kathy Byers


This is the third course in the Human Behavior and the Social
Environment curriculum area. This course provides the theoretical and
conceptual foundation about community and organizational functioning
and behavior necessary for social work practice. The course assists
the undergraduate social work student in building a knowledge base
about the community and the organization as units of analysis.  It
explores various theoretical approaches for understanding community
and organizational life.  The course gives attention to how community
structure and processes enhance or inhibit the well-being of
individuals, families and organizations.  In addition, the course
addresses formal organizations as important systems in the community
and as vehicles for social work practice. The course focuses on the
following topics: definition of community and utopian ideas of
community, the origins of community theory; conceptual approaches for
understanding communities; community research, neighborhoods in
communities; social problems; types of formal organizations;
bureaucracies; the relationship of communities to organizations;
community power, conflict and participatory democracy, values related
to human diversity and person-commmunity fit; institutional
discrimination; and distribution of community resources, power and
control as it relates to oppressed groups.