The course aims to enable students to understand human growth and behaviour throughout the entire life span from pregnancy to death within different socio-cultural contexts, including family, group, organization and community settings. The basic concepts, theories, and research findings on human growth and behaviour will be introduced. Particular attention will be given to the application of related knowledge to social work practice. The course serves to introduce students to the physical, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of human growth and behaviour and the mutual influences among individuals, families, groups, and the environment. Developmental issues and problems with reference to the different life stages will also be covered.