SW 620 Technology, Human Behavior and Professional Practice

3 credits

This course focuses on the impact of technology on human behavior and professional practice in social work and within interdisciplinary settings. The course content will incorporate theory and research on the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on human behavior and the ways in which theory and research shape professional social work practice with clients and colleagues. Likewise, the course will focus on knowledge development and on dissemination of knowledge through various forms of technology. The course will incorporate experiential learning across a range of digital practice environments and explore the implications of each for social work in interdisciplinary practice settings. Students will learn how to adapt advanced direct practice using ICTs and will develop guidelines for ethical practice related to ICT use. Finally, students will establish the foundation of an international professional learning network (PLN) in their substantive area and begin the process of developing themselves as thought leaders. It is expected that these skills will then be applied in the subsequent pro-seminars - and the capstone project - with increasing sophistication.