Sep 27, 2020  
2020-2021 Shepherd University Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Shepherd University Catalog
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SOWK 305 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

(3 cr) The first of two courses in a sequence designed to introduce the student to theories and knowledge of the biopsychosocial development of individuals within the context of a range of social systems. The dynamic interaction of human beings and their sociocultural context is explored in each of the developmental stages of the human lifespan. Particular attention is given to group memberships, family dynamics, and cross-cultural distinctions. Special emphasis is also placed on ethical issues, differing values, and the role of social institutions in both enhancing and limiting human growth and potential. This course is focused on the earlier part of the lifespan, through the adolescence and young adulthood. It introduces the systems model and how organizational and community systems affect client systems. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 ; SOWK 201 ; and either SOWK 300  or SOWK 330 .



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