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Human Behavior and the Social Environment II




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course prepares students for the challenge of macro-level working relationships. Students gain an understanding of the functioning of people within organizations and communities and the groups that compose them. Applying a social psychological perspective to group dynamics, utilizing an ecological and interactionist framework for studying human behavior in a macro setting. Students also learn to infuse the empowerment perspective within an ecosystem framework. The student will explore matters pertaining to globalization with attention to the social environment and environmental justice, as applied to the interrelationship between nature and society. The relationship between spiritual concepts, the natural realm, and the inclusion of restorative justice and human rights are also discussed.



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Introduction to Human Behavior and Generalist Practice in the Macro Social Environment

  • Explain macro systems generalist social work practice
  • Apply ecosystems and systems theory as a conceptual framework for understanding the macro social environment
  • Apply the NASW Code of Ethics to an agency ethical dilemma case scenario

Understanding Organizational Systems

  • Explain how aspects of the external macro environment can impact social service organizations
  • Analyze how organizational mission, programs, and messaging align with human rights.

Organizational Culture and Structure

  • Analyze organizational structure to determine improvements that can be made to enhance client empowerment.
  • Propose improvements to managerial processes in social service organizations.

Understanding, Assessing, and Empowering Communities in the Macro Social Environment

  • Apply generalist social work practice in the macro social work environment to a community building scenario
  • Identify elements of leadership and decision making in a community meeting setting.
  • Assess power in a community meeting setting

Macro Practice with Populations at Risk and Global Community Practice Perspectives

  • Determine how empowerment can occur in the macro environment for populations-at-risk.
  • Describe social work and cross-cultural values in a global perspective
  • Conduct a community assessment using principles of human behavior in the social environment


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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.

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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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