SW305 Human Behav in Social Environ I

for FA 2009

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SW 305 Human Behavior in  the Social Environment I


FA 2009 HO


Bachman, Gary E.


Associate Professor



Office Location


Office Hours

Tues. 8:30-10:00A & 1:30-3:00P,   Thursday 9A-12P & 1:30-2:30P  Wednesday 9:00-12noon

Daytime Phone

816 584-6504



Semester Dates

August 18 - December 08, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM


SW205, Conditional or Full Admission to Social Work Major

Credit Hours


REQUIRED: (Note: these will be the texts for this course as well as HBSE II SW405)

Human Behavior and the Social Environment  Micro Level: Individuals and Families   by Katherine van Wormer Oxford University Press 2007 ISBN-13 978-0-19-518756-4

Human Behavior and the Social Environment  Macro Level: Groups, Communities & Organizations     by Katherine van Wormer, Fred Besthorn & Thomas Keefe Oxford University Press 2007 ISBN-13 978-0-19-518754-0

Additional Resources:
NOTE: The course e-Companion site (www.parkonline.org ) includes required readings under “doc sharing. ” The readings are categorized by headings as noted in the course schedule. You are expected to prepare for class by reading these articles in addition to the assigned text, prior to the scheduled class discussion.

Supplemental Readings*: 
*Understanding Human Behavior 6th Edition Zastrow, C.H., &Kirst-Ashman, K.K. 2004 Brooks/Cole     ISBN 0-534-60831-0

*Contemporary Human Behavior Theory Second Edition Robbins,S.P., Chatterjee,P.& Canda, E.R. 2006   Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN 0-205-40816-0

             *Copies of these recommended texts will be on reserve in the library

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Course Description:
SW305 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: This course examines the interplay of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors which influence human behavior and human development through the life cycle. This course, which is the first in a sequence of two courses, focuses on the period of infancy to young adulthood. Attention is given to the impact of social and economic deprivation on human development. 3:0:3 Prerequisite/Co-requisite: SW205

Educational Philosophy:

Social work as a profession emerged in response to the many challenges, inequalities and threats to societies and the world’s most vulnerable populations. The demographic of those populations is constantly evolving, as is the nature of challenges that increasingly confront us all. It is vitally important that social work professionals be prepared to efficiently and critically consider their environment in order to identify, strategize, and communicate an appropriate response to the matters before them. This is as true in business, science, education and government service as it is in social work. 

It is the intent of the faculty in the Department of Social Work to facilitate learners in the acquisition of such knowledge as will serve them, their families and their communities, throughout their lives. Through the semester, world and local events will occur which may influence our academic, personal, or professional pursuits. In light of such circumstances, the instructor reserves the right to amend the schedule of study. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss interactions among the biological, social, psychological, and culturally diverse systems from conception through mid-adult life.
  2. Compare and contrast theories of human development and behavior from conception through mid-adult life.
  3. Recognize and interpret contributions of research to the current and evolving knowledge of human behavior in the social environment.
  4. Describe the dynamics of oppression, discrimination and social economic injustice on and transmitted through organizations, communities, social institutions, society and the world at large.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of personal, professional values and ethics on professional practice and the potential of value conflicts.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will gain a fuller understanding of the Strengths Perspective and its implications for a broader understanding of and appreciation for human behavior in the social environment.
  2. Critically compare and contrast theories of human behavior across the lifespan.
  3. Recognize the role of the Eco Systems theory in describing human behavior in the social environment.
  4. Recognize and interpret contributions of research to the current and evolving knowledge of human behavior in the social environment.
  5. Describe the dynamics of oppression, discrimination and social economic injustice on and transmitted through organizations, communities, social institutions, society and the world at large.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of personal, professional values and ethics on professional practice and the potential of value conflicts.
  7. Drawing upon an attention to strengths: identification and application of human behavioral theories in addressing matters of social and interpersonal needs.
Core Assessment:
  • Exams (LO 1-6)
  • Ecomap (LO 1,2,4,5) 
  • Family Resilience Paper (LO 1,2,4,5)
  • Observation Paper (LO 1-5)
  • Group Presentation (LO 1)
  • Web Research Paper (LO 3,5)
  • Core Assessment: Personal Learning Plan: Portfolio Assignment (LO 3,5)

Class Assessment:

Further details on these assignments will be distributed in class and posted on the e-Companion web site. The assignments of this course are designed to develop specific competencies. CO refers to course objectives met, noted in parenthesis.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THEORY (20points) CO 1-6      The “Critical Analysis” form at the end of this syllabus is to be used for this assignment.  It may also be downloaded from the course e-Companion web-site. A total of 9 review forms are to be completed and turned in at the beginning of class, on the date noted. The forms are designed for your learning and as a means to help you  prepare and  participate in class as we discuss each concept. There will be no grade assigned to the individual weekly assignments. You will obtain full credit if the forms are each appropriately completed and turned in on time. These assignments may be hand or type written. (eight = Cognitive, Ecosystems, Empowerment, (3) Biological Factors (general, addictions, mental disorders)  Developmental, Life-span & Attachment)
In class exercises: (20points cumulative) (CO 1-6) Through-out the semester, a series of short exercises will be distributed. Most will be completed in class although a some may be sent home with you to be completed in preparation for discussion in the following class session. Each exercise completed will be worth 4 points of the overall grade up a total of 20 points. You must be present both when the assignment is distributed and discussed in order to receive credit. 



PERSONAL ESSAY (40 points) (CO 1,2,5 & 6) Assignment #1    My Behavior / My Environment: A Reflective Basis for Examining Human Behavior.   Due: Thursday Sept. 17 (not to exceed 8 pages)   Details on this assignment wil be distributed in class and posted on the eCompanion site.

 BI-WEEKLY (e-Companion) REFLECTION NOTES (20 points) (CO 1-6 )   Beginning with the second week of the class, and continuing every other week through the semester, you are expected to post at least one (1) Reflective question or comment on the course e-Companion site (under the “Discussion Board.”) The reflection is to be in response to your choice of any assigned readings. (from the primary or supportive texts, or from the articles posted under “doc. share.”) You may choose to respond to a particular chapter or essay, to one particular excerpt from the text, or an entire piece that you found especially intriguing / helpful / confusing / problematic, etc. You may respond to any combination of the readings, but each note must reference one reading that has been assigned for the week on either side of the posting due date.  

RESEARCH PAPER (CO 1-6)  (60points) - Core Assessment Assignment The outline and a model for this assignment will be posted on the e-Companion web site.

 GROUP PROJECT (FINAL) (40 points) Oral Presentations and Group Report due 12/08/09  Instructions for this assignmeassignment will be distributed in class and will be posted on the e-Companion web site.



Every effort will be made to be fair and reasonable in grading your work and participation. If you have questions or concerns about this, please speak to the instructor in a timely manner. This course is part of a professional sequence, leading to a professional degree. You are expected to behave professionally. That includes being prepared for and attending class on a consistent basis. You are expected to present work that is legible and well considered. Assessment in this course relies heavily upon the evaluation of your written material. You are encouraged to rely upon the “Guidelines for Writing Papers “ noted below.

The Critical Analysis Papers: 20 points     In class exercises: 20 points (cumulative)    Personal Essay: 40 points Reflection Notes: 20 points   Research Paper: 60 points   Final: 40 points         
Scoring:       A= 200-180    B= 179-160    C= 159-140    D= 139-120    F= 119-

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the date indicated. In the event of an absence, assignments remain due and may be submitted to the instructor electronically. The student remains responsible for lost, misdirected or incompatible formatting of electronic submissions. In extenuating circumstances (as determined by the instructor) and with timely notification an exception may or may not be granted. Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score per day. If you have a question about any assignment or expectation in this course, please contact the instructor in a timely manner. Please be aware that there is no extra credit work in this course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
  In order to maintain a positive learning environment the following ground rules will be followed:

1.      Personal perspectives will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable.

2.      Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions that have an educational value.

3.      If you work in groups, it is the responsibility of the group members to delegate work. All members of a group must present on the project and all will receive the same grade.

4.      Because of our sensitive subject matter, courtesy needs to be maintained in the classroom at all times. Students need to arrive on time. Students will not hold private conversations when another person is speaking. Students will speak one at a time.

5.      If student’s behavior in the classroom is disruptive, the instructor will allow the student an opportunity to correct the behavior without consequences. If the student’s behavior continues to be disruptive, that student may be asked to leave the classroom and will be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

SW 305 Course Schedule:



Topic and Readings


Aug. 18


Aug. 20

Course Introduction - review syllabus and assignments


Read: Intro to Micro, Preface to Macro, Ch 1. Micro: “Psychodynamic Theory”


Aug. 25


Aug. 27

Ch 1. Micro: Cognitive theory (CA due)


Ch 1. Micro: Ecosystems theory (CA due)

                                                  (Reflection Post due Monday 8/30 at 9AM)


Sept. 1


Sept. 3

Ch 1. Micro: Empowerment theory (CA due)

Ch 2. Micro: Biological Factors in Human Behavior; Genetics, Nature v. nurture (CA due)


Sept. 8

Sept. 10

Ch 2. Micro: Biological Factors in Human Behavior; Addictions  (CA due)

e-companion readings

                                                      (Reflection Post due Monday 9/14 at 9AM)  


Sept. 15

Sept. 17

Ch 2. Micro: Biological Factors continue; ADHD, Aggression, Criminality

Biological Factors continue;  gender, left brain / right brain, orientation

Essay # 1 Due


Sept. 22

Sept. 24


Ch 2. Micro: Biological Factors continue;   temperament & “mental disorders:” (CA due)  schizophrenia, OCD, Bi-Polar, Anorexia, Dementias…

e-companion readings                 (Reflection Post due Monday9/28 at 9AM)


Sept. 29


Oct. 1

Ch 2. Micro: Biological Factors: continue; Ethical practice and the diagnosis & treatment of mental disorders. e-companion readings


Ch. 3 The Psychology of Human Behavior: Develomental Theory, Life-Span Theory (CA due)


Oct. 6


Oct.  8

Topics for Research Paper are Due;    Ch. 3 The Psych. of Human Behavior:   moral development, faith development,  (CA due)

e-companion readings

Ch. 3 continues: Social Identity  (Reflection Post due Monda y10/12 at 9AM)

fall recess  Oct. 12 - 16  no class


 Oct. 20

 Oct. 22

Ch. 3 The Psych. of Human Behavior (cont.): Feelings & Intimate Behavior

Intimate and domestic violence


Oct. 27


Oct. 29

Ch. 3 The Psych. of Human Behavior (cont.): War & Trauma

Ch. 4Micro: Birth through Adolescence Birth-2 yrs, Attachment Theory (CA due)& Brain Development           (Reflection Post due Monday at 9AM) 


Nov. 3


Essay 2 Due in Class   Ch. 4Micro: Birth through Adolescence:   2-7 yrs

Ch. 4 Micro: (cont.)   6-12 years      e-companion readings


 Nov. 10


 Nov. 12

Ch. 4 Micro: (cont.)   Adolescence    e-companion readings


Ch 5. Early Adulthood through End of Life Intimacy vs. Isolation             e-companion readings            (Reflection Post due Monday11/16 at 9AM)


 Nov. 17

 Nov. 19

Ch. 5. Micro: (cont.) Mid-life “generativity v. stagnation” 

Ch. 5. Micro: (cont.) Ageing: Ego Identity verses despair. “ Facing the natural end of life” e-companion readings


Nov. 26



Ch. 6 Micro: The Individual in the Family   Families as Systems

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY (An ideal opportunities to observe and try to understand human behavior!)    (Reflection Post due Monday at 9AM)


    Dec. 1


Dec. 3

Ch. 6 Micro: (cont.) Family: The foundation for socialization and relationships.   (Research Paper Due)

Last day of class: Critical application of theories in practice - Recognition and integration of theories in practice   

Finals Week


Dec. 8


Final Exam (Group Presentations) 10:15- 12:15

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
This is a professional level course. Regular classroom attendance is both expected and essential for the attainment of course objectives. Material not found in the text will be presented and discussed in class.  Absences detract from your learning as well as that of others.

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