hsm210 | undergraduate

Human Services In The United States

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This course is a foundation for the study of human services in the United States. It provides an overview of the evolution of American human services delivery systems, including historical perspectives, as well as current and future trends. It covers the role of human services workers, how needs are determined and met, and factors that affect the delivery of services such as theoretical perspectives, social policies, and government regulations. Community advocacy, prevention techniques, and contemporary issues in the human services industry are also examined.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    Theoretical Perspectives and Social Policy

    • Identify theories related to human services.
    • Identify the various factors that affect the delivery of human services.

    Careers in Human Services

    • Discuss human services career trends.
    • Summarize the current state of affairs for human service organizations.

    Historical Evolution and Current Services

    • Explain the evolution of human services in the United States.
    • Describe major demographic trends that affect the delivery of human services.

    Role of Human Services in Meeting Needs

    • Compare and contrast how various human service organizations attempt to meet human needs.
    • Assess the impact of contemporary problems on human service needs.

    Social Policy and Government Regulations

    • Differentiate between public and private organizations in the human service industry.
    • Describe the influence of government regulations on social policy and human services.

    Community Advocacy

    • Describe the strategies human service workers employ to promote community programs and services.
    • Explain the significance of current issues affecting human service workers and communities.
    • Recognize deceptive arguments in current human service policies.


    • Describe the three levels of prevention used in human services: primary, secondary, and tertiary.
    • Interpret obstacles to the implementation of prevention programs.

    Characteristics of the Human Services Worker

    • Identify the characteristics necessary for success in human service professions.
    • Determine strategies for effective communication with diverse groups.

    Values and Ethical Issues in the Delivery of Human Services

    • Identify the moral and religious issues affecting the delivery of human services.
    • Recognize the connection between economics and ethical decision making.
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