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MSW 612 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II - Culture, Economics, & Social Justice

Human Behavior in the Social Environment II investigates the impact of culture, race, economics, privilege, and discrimination on – and on the perception of – human development, behavior, and interactions within society. This investigation utilizes previously introduced developmental theories and conceptual frameworks and presents new theories and models designed to embrace human diversity and promote social justice.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate a fundamental understanding of the strengths, challenges, and lived experiences of individuals marginalized in society (due to culture, race, ability, age, economics, gender, sexuality, religion, privilege, etc.). (G2a)
  2. Examine the privileged narratives and ideologies in society and how those narratives and ideologies can foster implicit bias within all levels of social work practice. (G2b)(G2e)(G2f)
  3. Identify current and historical patterns of socially-sanctioned bias and injustice embedded with social structures, social policies, and systems of social welfare and control (G2b)(G2f)
  4. Explore personal judgments, attitudes, beliefs, or biases that might hinder or prevent effective social work practice across the breadth of human diversity. (G2g)(G2c)(G2e)
  5. Articulate a context-dependent understanding of the risks, benefits, obstacles, and biases inherent in engaging with individuals, families, and groups of people within client populations marginalized by culture, status, privilege, non-conforming/non-dominant ideologies, behaviors, or characteristics. (G6b)(G2c)
  6. Assess the impact of positional and cultural power and privilege in building trust and engagement within marginalized communities. (G6b)
  7. Identify the underlying context of assumptions, ideologies, history, and values in which each theoretical framework of human behavior developed. (G7c)
  8. Evaluate the suitability of each theoretical framework to assess the strengths and needs of individuals, families, and groups of people whose assumptions, ideologies, history, and values differ from the framework’s foundational assumptions, ideologies, history, and values. (G7c)(G2c)
  9. Illustrate, using both historical and current examples, how the function of assessing client needs can be co-opted as a tool for social control, social conformity, and the perpetuation of structures of privilege. (G7c)
  10. Explore the ideological assumptions, judgments, and values underlying the intervention strategies associated with each theoretical framework. (G8b)
  11. Analyze the suitability and limitations of intervention strategies to effectively serve client populations across the breadth of human experience and diversity. (G8b)(G9c)
  12. Compare and contrast the significance of socially normative benchmarks for successful social work practice with the ideologies, assumptions, beliefs, and values of the client population served. (G9b)
  13. Examine social work practices developed within the socio-cultural context of specific marginalized populations. (G9b)
  14. Analyze the positive and negative impact of individual social work practices and policies on the communal health and functioning of marginalized client groups. (G9b)(G2c)

Prerequisite: MSW 610 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - Families, Groups, Organizations, & Society

Learn more about the coursework in the Advanced Standing and Traditional tracks of the online Master of Social Work from Saint Mary's. Call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.