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 Course Title:   Introduction to Human Services

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO HUMAN SERVICES

 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    510392

 EPC:    420

 REV:    2013


 Course Description  

Overview of the delivery systems in social services with focus on historical perspectives, pluralism and current trends. Introduction to critical thinking skills, research techniques and research paper writing.

 Prerequisite  

Prior to entering this course, students must take the COMPASS test. Students who test below college standards will be eligible for I-BEST assistance to support the development of these skills.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify what a human service delivery system is and how it works.
  2. Identify historical perspectives of human services and why workers need a current understanding of this.
  3. Identify various roles of human service workers.
  4. Identify treatment modalities currently in use.
  5. Identify typical issues and concerns encountered by helpers.
  6. Identify funding issues.
  7. Identify ethical and legal issues.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

Course Contents

  1. What human services are and what human service workers do.
  2. The helping relationship.
  3. History of the human service profession.
  4. Attitudes, skills, and knowledge of the human service worker.
  5. Value conflicts and dilemmas.
  6. Strategies of intervention.
  7. Organization and delivery of services.