Theory of Human Behavior & Development


University at Buffalo

  • Semester
    Fall 2024
  • Instructor
    Laura A Lewis
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This course provides a general introduction to the major theories of human behavior and knowledge about life span development that are the foundation for current social work practice.  Specifically, this course will cover major theoretical approaches including, but not limited to: 1) learning theories, 2) psychoanalytic theories, 3) cognitive theories, 4) general systems and ecological theories, and 5) theories on resilience.  After reviewing the fundamental premises and important concepts of each theoretical approach, this course will critically review each theory and model in terms of 1) its empirical support, 2) the extent to which the theoretical approach is sensitive to the populations and applicable to the issues typically engaged by social workers (e.g., matters of diversity, social justice, exposure to trauma, and violations of human rights), 3) the degree to which the theoretical approach looks at the person in their social environment, 4) the extent to which the theoretical approach incorporates biological factors and bio-psycho-social interactions, and 5) how the theoretical approach deals with human development and change over the life span. This course will assess the theories reviewed for their congruence with the curricular themes of trauma-informed care and promotion of human rights.  The contribution of this course to the overall core foundation/advanced curricula will be addressed.
Course Area: Social Work
Level: Graduate
Dates: 08-26-2024 - 12-09-2024
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Instructor: Laura A Lewis
Local Course ID: 24FA_BUF_SW505_LECKON
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