Developing in-depth knowledge of social and legal systems. Improving understanding of organizational and human behavior. Implementing changes to improve the lives of individuals and communities. It's how our graduates lead the charge to improve social policy and law. Through our dual degree program, students earn a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the SUNY Buffalo Law School and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the UB School of Social Work. The collaborative program reduces the total time and credits compared to completing each degree separately.
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.
Receiving a grade lower than a B- in this course will prevent you from continuing in your Foundation field placement. See the description of SW 550-551 for details.