SW 620 Technology, Human Behavior and Professional Practice

3 credits

This course examines the role of the internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs) in contemporary society and their incorporation into advanced social work practice. Drawing on theory and research and through experiential learning across digital practice environments, we will study the impact of technology on human behavior, relationships, and social work practice with diverse colleagues and client systems. The course provides an in-depth exploration of how advanced social work professionals can effectively and ethically integrate ICTs into their practice, including through the application of a trauma-informed human rights (TIHR) perspective. We will also consider how ICTs can be used as a platform for multidisciplinary and collaborative knowledge development, translation, and dissemination. Students will establish a professional collaboration network (PCN) in their substantive area and begin the process of developing themselves as thought leaders.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate digital literacies and associated skills necessary to interface with multidisciplinary stakeholders;
  2. Establish a PCN and demonstrate an understanding of how this network can be used to develop knowledge within a substantive area;
  3. Describe strategies to incorporate ICTs and PCNs into social work practice and their relationship to evidence-informed practice within a TIHR context;
  4. Articulate how digital communications can support knowledge development, translation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions; and
  5. Analyze the impact of ICTs and other digital technologies on human behavior (e.g., among clients, colleagues, and organizations) and their alignment with social work practice and values.