Learning Objectives

LO 6.1 Compare one’s own emotional and cognitive reactions to two case studies.
LO 6.2 Compare three theoretical perspectives on culture (materialist, mentalist, and practice orientation).
LO 6.3 Apply a number of major concepts in the study of culture to a case study.
LO 6.4 Analyze how the approaches of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism would benefit or be harmful to social work practice.
LO 6.5 Give examples of how culture and power intersect in the social categorizations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, and disability.
LO 6.6 Summarize contemporary thinking about the interactions of genes and culture.
LO 6.7 Identify the major mechanisms of cultural change.
LO 6.8 Summarize four categories of theories about the relationship between the physical environment and human behavior (stimulation, control, behavior settings, and ecocritical).
LO 6.9 Give examples of the benefits and costs of time spent in the natural environment.
LO 6.10 Give examples of the impact of the built environment on human behavior.
LO 6.11 Demonstrate an ability to evaluate specific built environments for their accessibility for people with disabilities.
LO 6.12 Apply knowledge of culture and the relationship between the physical environment and human behavior to recommend guidelines for social work assessment, engagement, intervention, and evaluation.