SW 205W

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

This course will present an overview from a systems/ecological approach of the life cycle of human development from conception to later adulthood. The course will concentrate on the cognitive, social, emotional, and physiological theories of human behavior. Focus will be on detailing the various developmental stages of conception through young adulthood (later adolescence). The part that socioeconomic, gender, and cultural diversity plays in the normative processes of socialization of children within family contexts will also be discussed. This course is designed to familiarize the prospective social worker, psychologist, counselor, or teacher with knowledge of normative patterns of human behavior and to provide the tools to assess for appropriate individual developmental functioning of infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Credit, 3 hours.