SW 506 Theories of Organizational Behavior and Development

3 credits

This course examines theories of organizational behavior, development, and change using a multi-paradigmatic approach. Multiple paradigms and theories will be assessed for their utility, relevance, responsiveness to change and attention to social, racial, economic and environmental justice. Interprofessional conceptual frameworks, leadership theories and trauma-informed human rights perspectives will be applied to the understanding of human service organizations as well. Special attention will be paid to theories that explain how organizations may advance human rights and social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. While the focus of the course is on theoretical perspectives, students will develop skills for organizational development and leadership that are guided by organizational theories, such as foundational assessment and program evaluation skills to inform their practice in diverse settings.