Course Details

SWK316 Human Behavior in the Environment I

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of human development and behavior. It is based upon the philosophy that human behavior is shaped by many interacting factors. Specific theories from the biological, psychological, social, and cultural theory base are presented in order to address the complexity of human functioning. At the same time, human behavior is conceptualized as following a developmental sequence with age-specific characteristics and needs. In order to present this knowledge base, selected theories are applied to each life cycle stage. The theories are organized to reflect the slowly expanding social world of the child and multiple transitions from adolescence to senescence.This course also gives attention to the unique properties and dynamics of dyads, families, groups, and networks. General systems theory with an ecological focus provides the organizing base.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: BIO105/106 or BIO114/115