TSOCW 502 B – Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (Autumn 2015)
Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) is a two-course sequence within the MSW foundation curriculum. HBSE I considers behavior as a function of biological, cognitive, psychological, cultural and social processes across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed upon both the individual and family development. The course stresses multi-cultural aspects of human development through examination of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds at different developmental stages. Also addressed will be the impact of life events and situations on different developmental stages.
This sequence focuses on both person and environment, utilizing developmental and social system perspectives to understand and influence human behavior. Developmental sages are examined across diverse backgrounds. Implications for social work practice and especially the assessment processes are highlighted. This course also introduces some of the theoretical frameworks commonly used in social work to address issues with clients.
TSOCW 532A – Advanced Integrative Practice I (Autumn 2015)
Advanced Integrative Practice I is the first of two practice courses in the Advanced Integrative Practice concentration. This course builds on the core framework and competencies acquired in the foundation classes, and is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the design, implementation and evaluation of research-informed interventions and programs at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice. These interventions will focus on specific practice fields and modalities within the context of emerging societal conditions and needs. In the tradition of the social work profession, the prime motivator and ultimate goal of this curriculum is the realization of social and economic justice for those marginalized by society.
This course will draw from student-identified social justice change projects, peer-reviewed, stakeholder and population-specific information research techniques, instructor and participant practice experiences, reflective practice principles, and group discussions to provide an effective array of learning experiences.