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  • HUMCTR 100G  Media Literacy, Art and Activism Matters

    Description:
    This curriculum is designed to make the study of art mean a lot, following Booker T. Washingtons philosophy to use art in the service of social justice. In order to understand the possibilities for art to matter in social change actions, we will use an interdisciplinary approach. We will study media literacy and various political/economic frameworks through which people try to make sense of specific events in the world. We will review various ideas that groups and individuals have used to change business as usual. Through studying how our knowledge about the world is shaped by various media institutions (education, journalism, social media, entertainment, and public relations/advertising) we will develop ideas about how art, broadly conceived, can intervene to challenge and reshape our perceptions and understandings. Through understanding how various events and actions can be interpreted using different political/economic frameworks, we will develop more effective interventions to provoke peoples imaginations about new possibilities for our society.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 220  The Life Cycle and the Environment

    Description:
    To understand human behavior in real-life situations, you must have a working knowledge of the life-span developmental process and the impact of systems in the environment on those developmental processes. All human behavior, whether it is physical, social, or cognitive, comes into being through the processes of development. Developmental changes result from the interaction of various influences. These influences can range from the heredity prenatal environment to the broadest social and cultural factors. Basic concepts and theories are used to explain these life-long developmental changes. Familiarity and concepts and theories of development are essential tools of an effective human services worker. This course will examine life-span development and the role of the human service worker in helping individuals and families respond to the challenges in productive ways. Students will conduct field observations of a life stage and apply theory to explaining their behavior.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 230  History of Social Welfare

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    This entry level human services course introduces students to the history of human services programs in the United States. The focus is on the historical context, including the social, economic, political and cultural trends of society. These factors are considered as they have influenced changes in the values, attitudes, and policies that contribute to the development of human services from colonial times to present.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 320  Intervention with Individuals and Small Groups

    Description:
    This course will focus on the skills and knowledge which are common to intervening with individuals and small groups, as well as, with organizations and communities. To be an effective human service worker, it is important to be able to apply skills with an understanding of relevant theories and models, and be able to choose appropriate intervention strategies and methods for particular situations. Since there is no substitute for actually working with individuals or groups, an important part of enhancing a workers intervention sills is obtaining hands-on experience in the field through a practicum covering the length of semester.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 322  Intervension with Large Systems

    Description:
    Students will learn to effect and improve the lives of individuals, families and groups by working for social justice and social change at the organization and community level. Students will learn how to analyze and engage with communities. We will apply knowledge and skills in organizing, advocacy, collaboration, influencing policy, social and community development, and planning, to address issues facing diverse populations in living communities and connected to organizations across the life span. To be an effective human service worker, it is important to be able to differentially apply knowledge and skills, and to be able to select from a range of strategies and interventions that will best suit particular situations and issues. As part of this course, students will be expected to participate in a practicum in which they can learn for the community, work on community identified issues, and apply theory to practice.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 330  Human Service Systems for Contemporary Families

    Description:
    This course provides an in depth understanding of essential human services. It examines the challenges and needs confronting individuals and families over the course of a lifespan. Students will analyze a broad range of reasons why individuals and families utilize human service programs and the resources available in they provide, nonprofit, and public sectors. The course will examine contemporary relationships and families, theories related to the helping profession, and the differences among available resources. Students will compare human services delivery systems so as to differentially determine appropriate services for client systems.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 345  Professional Responsibility and Ethics

    Description:
    This course will address value conflicts and ethical issues human service professionals encounter in a range of human service settings: It explores ethical issues and practices in direct service work- -focusing on moral values, ethical principles/dilemmas, decision-making frameworks, client confidentiality, informed consent, client safety/autonomy, professional boundaries, conflicts of interests, and mandated reporting. We will critically examine cases of consumers at risk, and seek to construct ethical interventions best matched with these case studies. We will explore unethical human service interventions and their determinants. Students will gain specialized knowledge and skill in applying ethical theory to practice in human services.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 370  Human Services Special Topics

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    The study of special topics in Human Services. Consult department's description of current offerings to find out about the topic or topics being explored this semester.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 401  Research and Information for Evidence-based Practice

    Description:
    This course focuses on locating and critically applying data to inform practice in human services. Human service providers frequently encounter service users with challengers reflecting larger social problems. Student will learn how to identify these social problems and turn them into research questions. They will learn to locate and appraise relevant studies, and to understand what constitutes sound evidence as the basis for problem solving in human service practice. In the process, students will become familiar with the scientific method of data collection, enabling them to be critical consumers of information relevant to human services.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 415  Human Service Policy and Practice

    Description:
    In this Human Services Capstone course students will learn how to understand, analyze, and influence human services policies. Students will take an ecological approach to understand the interplay between policy and practice in governmental and human services organizations at the local, state, and federal levels. Building on cumulative knowledge, skills, and internship experience, students will design and present a capstone project. This project may include issue identification, research, an intervention strategy, and a proposal to bring about positive change in the identified human services area.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 420  Professional Internship Seminar

    Description:
    This course enables students to apply theory to practice in Human Services through supervised internship and professional seminar. Students will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills through experiential learning and reflection in fieldwork seminar accompanying the placement. From this experience students will address ethical issues, improve their practice skills, gain a better understanding of themselves and the field, and gain familiarity with human service systems. There will be an emphasis on self awareness, growth and development, as well as, critical thinking, civic engagement, and professional identity. Students can expect to improve skills in communication and interpersonal relations; draw connections, between theory and practice; see how service agencies operate and work with diverse types of people. In the seminar we will discuss practice issues that emerge in the field, along with, professional issues such as use of self, self disclosure, supervision, termination, empowerment, and social justice and social control.   More Info

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  • HUMCTR 425  Case Management

    Description:
    This course address current practice and policy for human service workers assuming multiple and conflicting roles posed by case management with consumers in human services. Case management functions include client screening, risk assessment; service planning, implementation, monitoring and reassessment of the service plan. Case managers seek to support client self-determination but are also charged with controlling costs and rationing services posing ethical dilemmas for workers. We will examine best practice guidelines for case management and apply theory to practice in the field. We will examine case management from the perspective of the consumer, practitioner, other providers and the service system. A major focus of this class is critical examination of case management practice in a variety of settings. This highly interactive class will involve a combination of lecture, class discussion of anonymous case vignettes drawn from the field, and field interviewing.   More Info

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