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Fall 2012

Human Services Courses:

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HUS101 - Introduction to Human Services
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces the field of human services through topics such as career options, social policy development, societal changes, and the social welfare system. Includes the nature of the helping process and beginning skill development.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Students will be able to demonstrate verbally and/or in writing the following by the end of the semester:

1. The 5 levels of career opportunities within the Human Service field.

2. 3 components (education required, salary range, duties, etc.) of the career area the student is interested in.

3. A minimum of 3 links between the field of Human Services and current issues/social trends in society. *

4. 5 current perspectives in Human Services (factors that influence barriers to care, self evaluation, societal shifts, ripple effects, blaming the victim, multi-causality, the principle of less eligibility, etc)and give at least one example of each.

5. A timeline from prehistoric days to present in order to demonstrate an understanding of past to current history within the Human Service field.

6. A minimum of 5 basic principles of helping such as confidentiality, ethics, subjectivity vs.
objectivity, prevention vs. crisis, climate of trust, self-determination.

7. A minimum of 5 basic elements of communication skills including demonstrating the difference between active listening and active observing.

8. A minimum of 3 ways that all Human Service workers must take cultural diversity into account when working with people (such as family role, dialog differences, eye contact, vocal tone, perspective of human service workers, etc.).

9. The 5 levels of social policy development and give an example of each (social value, social problem, social policy, social planning, social program).

10. The research design utilized in a professional article and discuss at least one application of the research results to the Human Service field. *


*These course objectives have been identified as student learning outcomes that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.


Content Outline:
Unit I Human Services Today: An overview of the Field
- Career Opportunities
- Perspectives in Human Services
- History of Human Services
- Social Policy Development

Unit II Working With People: The Nature of the Helping Process
- Principles of Helping
- Communication Skills
- Limitations as a Worker

Unit lll Skill Development: How to be an Effective Helper
- Critical thinking
- Introduction to Interviewing Skills



Effective Term: Spring 2009