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Human Behavior in the Social Environment: HBSE Course of Study

From the Schools of Social Work & Public Health Library for the Silberman School of Social Work : This guide covers library and research resources for the Human Behavior in the Social Environment course of study.


Integrated with the other core curriculum areas of policy and research as well as the practice methods, Human Behavior and Social Environment (HBSE) uniquely focuses on reading and understanding a broad range of intersecting theories drawn from the fields of social work, sociology, psychology, and psychoanalysis. The overall objective of HBSE is to promote a discourse that enhances our ability, as social workers, to make conceptual linkages between multiple explanatory formulations of the person-environment configuration, all while paying specific attention to both social diversity and human development.

HBSE consists of three required and sequential courses, plus a range of electives. The first two HBSE linked, consecutive courses are SSW 711 (HBSE 1) followed by SSW 712 (HBSE 2). The third required course, SSW 713 (HBSE 3) looks at the history, theory, diagnosis and assessment of human psychopathology, broadly defined, and is offered in two concentrations: child and adolescent (CAA), and adult and older adult (AOA). Students select their concentration.

The HBSE electives include the Seminar in Psychodynamic Theory (SSW 715), Theories of Addiction (SSW 770), AIDS and Chronic Illness (SSW 796.62), Human Sexuality, Multi-Cultural Social Work, and many more.

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The Silberman Writing Program (SWP)

The SWP is a comprehensive writing program designed to support academic excellence and professional development. The SWP provides support services to enhance student writing in the classroom as well as writing and presenting in the field.  Student may make individual appointments or attend designated drop-in hours.  The SWP also offers workshops, hand-outs and podcasts.

Contact:                    Christopher Hartley, Director :,

Appointments can be made through Blackboard's SSSW Information Corner or

Course Reserves

Print Course Reserves :

  • Located behind the Circulation Desk
  • You may check out print reserve items for up to two hours for use in the library
  • To check if a title is on reserve, look it up using the OneSearch search bar on the Hunter College Libraries' website homepage

Electronic Course Reserves :


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