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Human Behavior and the Social Environment I




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course prepares students for the challenge of intimate working relationships. Students gain an understanding of human growth and development across the lifespan, applying developmental psychological theory and ecological perspectives to the family and individual lifecycles within a multi generational cultural context. Students also learn about the lifespan development approach, with a multidisciplinary perspective of human development. Trauma, loss, grief, violence, homelessness, changes in lifestyle, and gender issues are specifically examined. The philosophical, cultural, medical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of life are explored, as well as the differences in working with children, adolescents, and adults and the assessment of complicated grief reactions.



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Understanding Human Behavior: A Multidimensional Approach

  • Explain why social workers need a multidimensional understanding of human behavior.
  • Identify how diversity and inequality influence human behavior
  • Apply knowledge of theoretical perspectives on human behavior.

Dimensions of Person

  • Differentiate between cognition and emotion
  • Analyze different styles of coping and adaptation in relation to stress.

Dimensions of Environment

  • Explain whether culture, physical environment, or social institutions influence behavior.
  • Develop intervention strategies for understanding family life based on theoretical perspectives.

Stages of Human Development I: Infancy to Middle Childhood

  • Describe the role of a social worker in supporting positive development of children from infancy to middle childhood.
  • Explain the qualities that contribute to positive development from infancy to middle childhood.

Stages of Human Development II: Adolescence to Late Adulthood

  • Explain the social worker’s role in helping adolescents cope with changes
  • Summarize theories used to understand adult development
  • Describe typical stages of grief.
  • Explain how cultural, religious, and spiritual practices affect the bereavement process.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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