SWK 260 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) I

3 credits (PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Social Work Program, C or better in SWK 110)

Human Behavior and the Social Environment [HBSE] is a foundation level course for Social Work majors and is the first of a two-semester course sequence. This course provides the theoretical and empirical foundation for understanding the influence of macro and micros systems which interact with human behavior at all levels (individual, family, small group, community and society). There is a focus on theories of human development from infancy through late childhood in the context of families and communities, as well as the biological, psychological, socioeconomic, spiritual, and cultural influences on development. Risk and protective factors within the family and community contexts will be examined, as well as the impact of trauma, and resilience, as they relate to development from birth through childhood. This course intends to develop students' awareness of self and others as shaped by these positive and negative forces by examining oppression and privilege. HBSE will emphasize a strengths-based perspective for viewing individuals and families in the context of their environments. (F, Sp, Su)