METHODS OF HUMAN SERVICES I
Students will learn and apply basic knowledge and skills for working directly with individuals and families (i.e., micro practice). Special attention will be given to the competencies of case management and interviewing, emphasizing communication skills and management of the helping relationship. The generalist perspective from social work will be used in a context of multiculturalism. Professional values and ethics will be employed as guiding principles to micro practice skills and decisions. In a practice course students should be prepared to take an active role in "hands-on" learning using demonstrations, dyads and small group-work. X-listed with PSY 301. Prerequisites: None.
SOCIAL WELFARE AND POLICY
This course is an introduction to the history, mission, and philosophy of social work and social welfare. It has examination of the major social welfare policies and programs in the United States and consideration of current issues. Presentation of frameworks for evaluating and influencing social policy. Prerequisites: None.
ADVANCED SOCIAL CHANGE SKILLS
This course addresses methods for planning and facilitating change in organizations and communities. Students will be introduced to community and organizational theories. The class will examine principles of planned social change and the role of social workers as macro-level change agents. Students will learn how to analyze and define a social or organizational condition, set a goal, and organize to bring about social change from a variety of theoretical and cultural perspectives. Students will examine ethical considerations inherent in macro-level social work. Prerequisites: None.
GROUP METHODS IN HUMAN SERVICES
Students will acquire basic knowledge and skills needed to work directly with small groups in Human Services. Various forms of group practice, such as task groups, support groups, self-help groups and organizational groups, will be explored. Special attention will be given to the development of groups and to group facilitation skills. Professional values and ethics, as established by the National Association of Social Workers, will be employed as guiding principles to mezzo-practice skills and decisions. Prerequisites: None.
HUMAN BEHAVIOR & SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT
Human development and behavior will be examined as outcomes of interaction with the social environment. Ecological and systems theories will be applied to this reciprocal process, examining biological, psychological, sociological, spiritual and cultural aspects of development. The role played by social systems (such as families, groups, communities and organizations) will be explored for each phase of human development. Particular attention will be paid to gender identity, ethnic identity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. Prerequisites: None.
HUMAN SERVICES INTERNSHIP
(4.00 - 6.00 credits)
Offers Human Services majors an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and skills of actual social work/human services practice. Facilitates the integration of curricular content through supervised experience with diverse systems and populations. Cross-listed with PSY 495C. Prerequisites: HS 300, 302, and consent of instructor..