K410 – Introduction to Developmentally Informed Social Work
This course introduces students to the social work role and profession and to the person-in-environment orientation to understanding individuals within their contexts. The course also introduces students to theories that explain individual psychological development over the life-span from a biopsychosocial perspective. Theories are introduced from historical and cultural perspectives. Students are encouraged to compare and critique theories for their applications to and usefulness for social work practice, as they reflect particular sets of values and intersect with ethnicity, race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, and other forms of diversity. The course will bridge theoretical constructs to contemporary practice settings, including settings that serve children and families.