SW 506 Theories of Organizational Behavior and Development

3 credits

This course examines classic and current theories of organizational behavior, development and change, the location of organizations within institutions and systems-of-care and how they are impacted by community and societal structures. These theories are assessed for their congruence with the themes of trauma-informed systems of service delivery and the promotion of human rights. A particular focus of this examination is the social, economic, political, and psychological impact that organizations and institutions have on communities and the social relations of families, groups, and individuals. In addition, the course will identify the organizational elements of specific systems of care and how they influence service delivery. Finally, the impact of each theory on current social work practice will be represented. The contribution of this course to the overall core foundation/advanced curricula will be addressed.