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Courses in Human Service Studies

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

HSS 111. THE ART AND SCIENCE OF HUMAN SERVICES/ELR 4 sh
This course explores the history, values, and ethics of the human services profession. Students are introduced to the theoretical approaches to human services work, issues of social justice, and the evidence used to guide interventions and policy designed to address human problems. A minimum of 40 hours of field work in an approved human services setting is required. Offered fall and spring. 

HSS 212. COUNSELING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES 4 sh
This course examines various theories and methods used in helping families and individuals resolve problems. Students gain skills in applying these theories and methods through the use of case studies, role playing, simulations and other experiential methods. Prerequisite: HSS 111 or PSY 111. Offered fall and spring.

HSS 213. WORKING WITH GROUPS AND COMMUNITIES 4 sh
This course examines the interaction of group dynamics and community empowerment to resolve individual and social problems. Topics addressed in the course include group development and dynamics, power and decision making, communication, and using groups to develop community capacity through coalitions and activism. Students will gain awareness of the power of groups in influencing both positive and negative change within individuals and communities. Prerequisite: HSS 111 or SOC 111. Offered fall and spring.

HSS 285. RESEARCH METHODS IN HUMAN SERVICE STUDIES 4 sh
This course examines the methods used to conduct basic social science research. Emphasis is placed on the use of research in practice-related settings. The course acquaints students with a basic theoretical understanding of research, practical aspects of research, and ethical and diversity considerations inherent in the proper implementation of research. Prerequisite: HSS 111. Offered fall and spring.

HSS 311. SOCIAL POLICY AND INEQUALITY 4 sh
Social policies affect both the quality of life of the people who make up our society and the guidelines that determine how human service professionals are able to help them. Students in this course will study the history of inequality and social welfare in the United States, contemporary social policies, and the political, economic, and social structures that influence how resources are distributed in U.S. society. Topics may include policies affecting individuals, families, and children, such as health care, education, housing, and employment. Prerequisite: HSS 111, PSY 111 or SOC 111 or permission of instructor.

HSS 320.  GROUP DYNAMICS AND LEADERSHIP 4 sh
This course will focus on leadership in the context of citizenship and the public good. Students will learn theories and concepts related to leadership and group dynamics and will develop the ability to apply this knowledge in working with others to achieve group goals. Through participation in civic engagement opportunities, reading, research, class exercises and self-assessments, students will develop an understanding of themselves as leaders and as group participants, increasing their ability to participate in and/or lead groups effectively. Offered spring.

HSS 324. PERSPECTIVES AND ISSUES IN AGING 4 sh
This introduction to gerontology explores the biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of aging and presents cultural, economic, and political issues related to aging such as ageism, retirement, living environments, social security, and health care issues.

HSS 326. SPECIAL POPULATIONS IN HUMAN SERVICES 4 sh
This course explores specific populations of human services clients such as persons with disabilities, children at risk, persons with HIV/AIDS, persons with terminal illnesses, etc. Needs of the particular populations under study are explored as well as programs, services, and innovations in service provision. Specific populations studied vary based on current trends and issues in the field.

HSS 349. VIOLENCE IN FAMILIES 4 sh
This course explores various forms of violence in families including violence between spouses/partners, violence directed toward the elderly, violence between siblings, and violence of parents toward children. Factors contributing to violence in families are discussed as well as methods of preventing and/or ameliorating patterns of violence within families. Students in this course develop an understanding of the reciprocal relationship between families and society by exploring how violence in families contributes to societal violence as well as how family patterns are influenced by the values and attitudes of the larger society.

HSS 350. INTERNATIONAL HUMAN SERVICES 4 sh
This course examines roles and strategies adopted by human service professionals to address issues affecting the well-being of people throughout the world. Particular attention will be paid to working with immigrants and refugees, global violence against women and HIV/AIDS. Students will gain familiarity with the multi-level determinants underlying these issues, program models utilized to address these problems, as well as the international organizations involved in these fields.

HSS 351. GLOBAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 4 sh
This course will explore violence against women in a global perspective. Students will gain an understanding of the prevalence and forms of violence against women worldwide, theoretical and cultural perspectives, consequences of violence, promising interventions and future directions in the fight to end violence against women. Specific topics include intimate partner violence, female genital mutilation, sex trafficking and women and conflict situations.

HSS 359. CRIMINAL JUSTICE 4 sh
The field of criminal justice is examined in terms of three interdependent subsystems: law enforcement, corrections, and the courts. Both theoretical models and practical applications will be used to encourage a broad understanding of the criminal justice system as a whole.

HSS 361. SUBSTANCE ABUSE: ISSUES IN TREATMENT 4 sh
Students become familiar with the contemporary theories and knowledge base concerning substance abuse. The course examines therapeutic issues involved in the treatment of substance-abusing persons and their families, and review various types of treatment interventions. The course addresses innovative treatment modalities as well as the lack of sufficient and appropriate rehabilitative services to meet the needs of various special populations.

HSS 367. PLAY THERAPY: THE POWER OF PLAY WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 4 sh
This course is an introduction to the use of play as a therapeutic tool for change. Students will learn many of the techniques and skills employed by play therapists in assessing and helping children and families. Primary goals of the course will be (1) to develop basic play therapy skills; (2) to acquaint students with a basic understanding of the relevant theories; and (3) to increase student understanding of the importance of playing, dominant themes, and the language of play.

HSS 368. CHILDHOOD AND HUMAN SERVICES 4 sh
This course is about children, their needs, strengths, problems, developmental tasks, and successes. Childhood both in a broad historical context and in a specific, local-community context is examined. Special emphasis is placed on the process of helping children, different methods and approaches to helping children, and a close analysis of specific problems and issues that affect children today. A main goal of this course is for students to work with an existing community partner to provide sustainable services to children designed to address a previously unidentified need in children. 

HSS 369. JUVENILE JUSTICE 4 sh
This course examines the juvenile justice system, including a number of agencies which have jurisdiction over a juvenile from birth to the age of maturity. System components included in this course are social services, law enforcement, and the juvenile court and corrections systems. Ancillary and supportive services such as mental health, school systems, child advocacy groups, and guardian ad litem programs are also explored.

HSS 371-73. TOPICS IN HUMAN SERVICE STUDIES 4 sh
Students examine special topics in human service studies, such as developmental disabilities, mental health issues and services, family violence, etc.

HSS 381. PRACTICUM: THEORY AND PRACTICE IN HUMAN SERVICES 4 sh
Three weeks of direct practice and observation in a human services organization provide the opportunity for students to apply and conceptualize various aspects of human service delivery using this approach. Student learning will be guided and enhanced through weekly seminars, written assignments, and faculty site visits. Prerequisites: HSS 111, 2.1 cumulative GPA, status as a declared Human Service Studies major or minor, and submission and approval of the application for practicum. Offered winter and summer.

HSS 382. PRACTICUM: THEORY AND PRACTICE IN HUMAN SERVICES IN LONDON 4 sh
This course introduces students to the biophysical model of understanding human systems in a cross-cultural environment. Three weeks of direct practice and observation in a human services organization in London allows students to apply and conceptualize various aspects of human services delivery, particularly cross-cultural practice, using this approach. Student learning will be guided and enhanced through course readings, weekly seminars, written assignments, and faculty site visits. Students also will explore the development of the social service system in England and current social problems in London through guest lectures and class field trips. As a result of this course, students will be more effective cross cultural helpers. Prerequisites: HSS 111, 2.1 cumulative GPA, status as a declared Human Service Studies major or minor, and submission and approval of the application for practicum. Offered winter.

HSS 411. DESIGNING AND ASSESSING ADMINISTRATION OF HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS 4 sh
This course helps students understand the special nature and responsibilities of a human services organization. Students will learn how to design programs to address social problems by conducting a programmatic needs assessment, planning and designing interventions, developing necessary resources, and assessing programs for their effectiveness. Students will gain greater knowledge of how to work with the wide variety of constituencies involved with a human services organization - employees, volunteers, boards, community networks and clients. Senior block course. Prerequisites: HSS 111, 285 and 381. Taken concurrently with HSS 412, 481 and 482. Offered fall and spring. 

HSS 412. ADVANCED THEORY AND INTERVENTIONS 4 sh
This course examines the complex issues involving cross-cultural service delivery and case management. Emphasis is placed on further development of skills essential to the human service professional, including international interviewing, assessment, case documentation, and the application of cultural humility. Senior block course. Prerequisites: HSS 111, 381.Taken concurrently with HSS 411, 481, 482.  Offered fall and spring.

HSS 461. SENIOR SEMINAR 4 sh
In this capstone course, students analyze their personal and professional development during their university experience and are required to research, write, and present a scholarly paper. Prerequisite: senior majors, HSS 285. Offered fall and spring.

HSS 481. INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN SERVICES 4 sh
The internship in human services provides an opportunity for students to practice the roles, tasks, and skills of human services professionals. Students work full-time in an approved placement at a human services agency that offers experiences consistent with the goals of the human service studies major. Periodic conferences with the teaching faculty member and the agency field supervisor provide students with feedback and mentoring as they gradually assume the responsibilities of professional level work in the field. Offered fall and spring. Taken concurrently with HSS 411, 412, 482.

HSS 482. CAPSTONE ACADEMIC FIELD SEMINAR 4 sh
While enrolled in HSS 481, students participate in a weekly seminar and complete assignments designed to integrate their knowledge and skills with their experience in the field. Through completion of weekly assignments, students demonstrate their ability to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the human services studies major to inform and guide their work in the field. Offered fall and spring. Taken concurrently with HSS 411, 412, 481.

HSS 499. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN HUMAN SERVICE STUDIES 1-8 sh
Students engage in independent research projects related to the field of human service studies. Research is conducted under the supervision of human service studies faculty. Prerequisite: departmental approval.

This page was updated June 27, 2014.