Human Services (HSER)
This course explores the complexities of the Human Services field, such as, the macro-mechanics of the service delivery system, the variety of professionals within the field, and the diversified population groups receiving specialized services. It provides the student with a historical perspective and it explores the societal values that served as a catalyst for the implementation of the policies that influence the delivery of human services.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for work in human services. The focus is practical in what to expect in the work setting in terms of managing both specific population groups as well as the various entities providing services. Students will examine the dynamics of clients, agency, and the self as the representative and provider of services. The course will help students understand the complex religious, moral, economic, and political aspects of human services practice when interacting with a variety of people. The student will be exposed to a broad range of ideas about the philosophies and practices of the various agencies and will be challenged to identify their own beliefs about the role of helping others in a professional context.
The course provides an overview of the professional realities and ethical issues surrounding human services practices and procedures. It focuses on the dialectical relationship of social welfare and public policy as well as the benefits and dangers related to professional interventions in society through the lens of a Christian biblical ethos. It pays special attention to individual and public social work, municipal and federal government interaction, historical precedent and development of general work policies, youth and elderly programs, philanthropic community work, and related behavioral science professional contributions. Additionally, it provides insight on common philosophical, theological, and cultural presuppositions in the formation and application of various ethical theories and moral practices in social work
A course that provides students the opportunity to observe human behavior within the human services profession. Applications are processed through the department Faculty Intern Advisor. And, all applicants must apply the semester prior to starting the internship.
Registration Restrictions: Senior Status; Human Service Major