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Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Human Behavior in the Social Environment
A Macro, National, and International Perspective

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December 2009 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


Incorporating distinctive international and national perspective

Providing students with in-depth coverage of families, groups, and communities, this text encourages readers to understand the nature of key macro institutions' impact on human behaviors (and vice versa). The primary chapters include a section on knowledge and theories, followed by the impact on economic and social forces upon these topics. Students develop a solid knowledge of different macro HBSE theories including community, human conduct, inequality, and group theories.

While author Rudolph Alexander Jr. tightly follows CSWE outlines for macro HBSE courses throughout this text, he provides distinctive topical coverage including:

  • The impact of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina
  • Human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide in international communities and their effect on human needs
  • Theoretical discussion of terrorism and terrorist activities

This text is appropriate for social work students taking a macro Human Behavior in the Social Environment course in the upper-level undergraduate or graduate level.

Accompanied by Robust Ancillaries

This text is accompanied by a companion site at

  • The password-protected Instructor Resources include test questions and PowerPoint slides.
  • The open-access Student Study Site offers quizzes and SAGE journal articles.

Ch 1. Introduction to a Macro Perspective of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Ch 2. Human Needs and Problems Requiring Responses From Organizations, Institutions, and Communities
Ch 3. Theories to Explain Macro Systems
Ch 4. Major Social Institutions Impacting Human Behaviors: Family and Marriages, Education, and Religion
Ch 5. Major Social Institutions Impacting Human Behaviors: Medicine, Mass Media, and Law
Ch 6. Organizations Affecting Human Behaviors
Ch 7. U.S. urban Communities and Human Behaviors
Ch 8. Rural Communities and Human Behaviors
Ch 9. International Communities and Human Behaviors
About the Author

Global perspective, good examples used, current, theoretical approach is accessible for students

Dr Rena Palloff
School Of Human Services, Capella University
February 16, 2010
Key features
  • A broad national and international perspective
  • A timely approach that examines issues such as rural communities, the impact of disaster on communities, and increasing incarceration rates
  • Provides special emphasis on human needs and social justice
  • Chapter opening photos
  • Instructor's manual featuring PowerPoint slides and a test bank
  • Student study site for recommended reading, chapter summaries, and flash cards

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