SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2024 12:21:30 AMCOUN 90 Course Outline as of Fall 2006

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  COUN 90Title:  INTRO TO HUMAN SERVICES  
Full Title:  Introduction to Human Services
Last Reviewed:10/12/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  GUID 90

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to human services in relation to human/personal development and need across the lifespan. The course identifies problems in living and their causes in the context of the human services profession. This involves a critical exploration of the history, standards and theoretical approaches to human service work and meeting peoples' needs. Psychological, physiological and social forces influencing the individual both as helper and client are examined. Students will study national and international welfare systems, the diverse populations served, and the legal, political and social issues that affect individuals within their community.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to human services in relation to human development and need across the lifespan.
(Grade Only)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentFall 2006
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1999Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Outline the historical development of human services and
distinguish varying theoretical approaches to human services work.
2.  Develop  knowledge, values and skills that enable workers to
support others in problem solving and in making better use of
resources within their communities.
3. Define and research current social issues as they impact people
coping with today's problems in living.
4.  Differentiate and assess the individual and societal influences
across the lifespan that impact the lives of people in need.
5.  Compare and contrast the different ways of viewing individual
problems in living.
6.  Examine their own motivation for choosing a helping profession.
7.  Identify causes of problems in living and explain how people
become clients.
8.  Assess and evaluate  the psychological, physiological and social
forces contributing to problems in living.
9.  Categorize and examine various human service roles and types of
career opportunities.
10. Evaluate the ethical and professional issues encountered in the
field of human services.
11. Research and describe the goals and/or functions of Human Service
agencies providing services for people in need from a local and
global perspective.
12. Compare and contrast the political and economic impact of social
issues both nationally and internationally.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introduction to the field of Human Services and Individuals
   as Clients.
2.  The Individual as a Client Throughout the Lifespan
   a. Defining the Whole Person
      1) Biological
      2) Psychological
      3) Social
   b. Identifying Barriers to Getting Help
3.  The Individual as a Helper
      a. Defining the Helper
      b. Values and Philosophy
      c. Views of Helping
      d. Human Service Roles
4.  Historical Perspective of Social Work and Human Services
   a. The Evolution of the Generalist Worker
   b. The Evolution of the Individual as Client
   c. The Evolution of the Individual as Provider in Response to
      Personal and Social Problems in Living
5. Human Services/Social Work Today
   a. Current Trends
      1) Rapid Social Change and Its Effects
      2) Emphasis on Diversity
      3) Aging in America
      4) Impact of Technology
   b. Managed Care
   c. The International Dimension
      1. Political and Economic Considerations
6. Models of Helping Professions that Focus on Human Needs
   a. Medical Model
   b. Public Health Model
   c. Human Service Model
   d. Others
7. The Helping Process
   a. Helping Skills
   b. Crisis Intervention
8.  Working Within a System
   a. General Systems Theory
   b. Environmental Influences
   c. Models of Influence
      1) Biological
      2) Psychological
      3) Sociological
9. Professional Concerns
  a. Ethical Considerations
  b. Confidentiality

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A. Required reading assignments:
  1. Textbook; thirty pages per week.
  2. Three to five outside reading assignments consisting of instructor
B. Required writing assignments:
  1. A written and an oral response to an evaluation of a novel
     written from a human needs perspective from a list provided by
     the instructor.
  2. Team reports on individuals and groups in need, and identification
     of services.
  3. Listening project
  4. Group vignettes

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 40%
Written homework, Evaluation of papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Exams, Application of text concepts to case studies
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 15%
application of text to case & novel based studies
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 40%
Multiple choice, Essay, oral group reports, summary of case study
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 15%
Attendance & Participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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1. An Introduction to Human Services; by Marianne Woodside and Tricia
  McClam, 5th ed., 2004.
2. Human Services in Contemporary America; by Paul Schnolling Jr.
  Merrill Youkeles, William Burger, 2003.
3. Theory, Practice and Trends in Human Services, an Overview of
  an Emerging Profession; by Ed Neukrug, 2004.
4. Instructor prepared material/handouts
5. Novel from list prepared by instructor

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