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. 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) and will identify individuals and groups holding expertise in their substantive area and begin the process of developing themselves as thought leaders. Students will learn to evaluate and assess the technology and platforms that they are using through a trauma-informed human rights (TIHR), racial trauma, and liberation lens, with an emphasis on ethics and accessibility.