Metropolitan State University

HSER 355 : Introduction to Human Services: History and Trends

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: PSYC 100 General Psychology AND
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
This course covers the historical and progressive development of the human services field, as well as the present trends and professional issues, including theoretical approaches to human services work, practical skills, human services delivery systems, human services work in a pluralistic society, and using research in human services work.
B. Course Effective Dates: 05/06/2002 - 08/21/2009 08/22/2009 - 05/02/2012 05/03/2012 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Be able to critique and analyze current and emerging trends in human services.
  2. Be familiar with the broad theoretical frames for human service work.
  3. Complete a personal self-assessment of human service knowledge, skills, and orientations as a basis for a professional portfolio.
  4. Understand and have tools for dealing with the plethora of human services professional issues.
  5. Understand the historical and philosophical context of human service work.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information
Community Engagement
Prerequisite and/or Corequisite: General Psychology (or two Psychology courses) and Introduction to Sociology (or two Sociology courses).