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Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2017/2018

HUMS 105: Introduction To Human Services

Course Description

Introduction to the profession, practice and career options of Human Services.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Martin, M. E.. (2013). Introduction to Human Services: Through the Eyes of Practice Settings (3rd Edition). New York, NY: Pearson.
    • [ISBN-978-0205848058]

Recommended

  • American Psychological Association (APA). (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association (APA).
    • [ISBN-978-1-4338-0561-5]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

The main objective of this course is to give the student a comprehensive introduction to the field of Human Services. During the course, we will talk about different career choices in human services and learn about the helping process. We will learn about working with client systems of different sizes (individuals, groups, organizations). We also will spend significant amounts of time discussing the different groups of people in need, and how to best approach those needs, both theoretically and practically. We will discuss poverty and the impact poverty has on a person’s life. You also will write a research paper in APA format, which is the style of writing used in the social sciences, including human services.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Write a basic APA paper with correct formatting and APA elements.
  2. Compare and contrast areas of practice within the Human Services Profession.
  3. Define Human Services, and analyze its historical development as a profession.
  4. Find, evaluate, and apply empirically based information.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 234-260 90-100%
B 208-233 80-89%
C 182-207 70-79%
D 156-181 60-69%
F 0-155 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (16) 80 31%
Quizzes (8) 80 31%
Research Paper (1) 100 38%
Total 260 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductions -- Wed
Discussion 1 5 Wed/Sat
Discussion 2 5
Quiz 1 10 Sat
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 5 Wed/Sat
Discussion 4 5
Quiz 2 10 Sat
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 5 Wed/Sat
Discussion 6 5
Quiz 3 10 Sat
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 5 Wed/Sat
Discussion 8 5
Quiz 4 10 Sat
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 5 Wed/Sat
Discussion 10 5
Quiz 5 10 Sat
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 5 Wed/Sat
Discussion 12 5
Quiz 6 10 Sat
Research Paper 100
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 5 Wed/Sat
Discussion 14 5
Quiz 7 10 Sat
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 5 Wed/Sat
Discussion 16 5
Quiz 8 10 Sat
Total Points 260

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Each week you will participate in two online discussions to deepen your understanding of the course topics. Your initial posts should answer all discussion questions thoroughly and are due by 11:59 pm C.T. Wednesday of each week. In addition, at least two response posts to your classmates are required per discussion and are due by 11:59 pm C.T. Saturday of each week.

Your initial posts should be written in your own words and supported by evidence from the textbook and/or secondary resources. All sources must be properly formatted using APA in-text citations and a reference list. Information obtained from websites should also be properly cited and referenced. Writing is expected to be at a college-level with correct grammar and punctuation, containing at least two paragraphs and a minimum word count of 200 words or more, excluding quoted material.

Your responses to others’ posts should also be well developed, fully explaining your response to the classmates’ posts. Write responses that add to the conversation and take it further; simply posting “I agree” or “good job” does not help develop ideas. For maximum learning and point benefits, respond to at least two students’ posts.

"Must Post First" Requirement

Discussion settings will not allow you to read others' posts before you have submitted your initial post. Any attempt to violate the “Must Post First” requirement will result in a zero for the post. This includes editing posts after submission, deleting posts and reposting, or otherwise attempting to alter a previously submitted post. Questions regarding this requirement must be directed by e-mail to the instructor.

Plagiarized and Recycled Posts

You will receive a zero for recycled posts from this session and previous sessions. Students who attempt to use their classmates’ work in their posts also will receive a zero. This applies both to primary posts and secondary comments.

Student Conduct

We will have many discussions on varying sociocultural and political perspectives as well as other issues in the next eight weeks. Please remember that this is an academic setting, and that all responses must be premised on the facts and theories as presented in the textbook from a human services perspective. Our discussions will help us to deconstruct many of these sociocultural issues; therefore, all perspectives are welcome. This is how we will educate ourselves and share with others. Respectful communication is expected at all times. If posts are identified that are aggressive or disrespectful toward other students or the instructor, the student will be awarded a zero for that discussion topic.

Discussions are worth 5 points each. Grading criteria will be available in the course Content area.

Quizzes

There will be 8 weekly quizzes, worth 10 points each, due by 11:59 pm C.T. Saturday of the week assigned. The quizzes consist of 10 multiple-choice questions. The quizzes are not proctored, but are timed at 30 minutes and you will have only one attempt at each question, so you should study for the quizzes in advance.

Research paper

You will submit an APA-formatted research paper totaling a minimum of 7 pages. You will explore a self-selected topic (from a list of Research Paper topics) in depth. The 7 pages must include: title page, abstract, body of the paper (4 pages minimum), and reference list. Papers cannot be more than 10 total pages in length.

Papers must include supportive evidence from at least three peer-reviewed journal articles. Peer-reviewed journal articles are posted in each week of the Content area to correspond with each chapter of the textbook. In your paper, you may use the article from the Content area that corresponds with the topic of your choice. You must identify two additional peer-reviewed journal articles from the Columbia College Stafford Library and apply them in your paper. Your textbook may be used as a supplemental source.

Every paragraph of your paper must contain at least one citation from your sources to support your assertions. The paper must reflect good application of all the referenced sources. In other words, you may not rely heavily on the textbook or one article. All sources must be properly formatted using APA in-text citations and a reference list.

Minimum requirements include one block quote (only one allowed), one direct quote, and one paraphrase. You can use more than one direct quote and more than one paraphrase, but only ONE block quote. Your paper cannot be more than 15% quotes.

This Research Paper, worth 100 points, is due by 11:59 pm C.T. on Saturday of Week 6. See the course Content area for topic-selection, additional instructions and detailed grading criteria.

The Dropbox for your Research Paper will not open until you have taken the Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz located in the "Start Here" section of the course.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Human Services as a Profession / History and Evolution of Social Welfare Policy
Readings

Martin: Chapters 1 and 2

Scalzi: "Being Poor"

Scalzi: "A Self-Made Man Looks at How He Made It"

Instructional Materials

Introductions
Please introduce yourself to the class in the Discussion area.
Discussion 1

Compare and contrast the human services field with the social work and psychology disciplines. Describe the similarities and differences. What does it mean to be a “generalist” in comparison with other human service professions? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Discussion 2

Read the two articles by John Scalzi posted in the Content area. Then play the game “Spent” from the link in the Content area. Try the game at least three times. In your post, discuss your experience with playing the game. What did you learn? When did you run out of money? Next, describe the “Myth of the Welfare Queen,” including the roots of this myth and the short- and long-term effects of its existence. Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.
Quiz 1
Covers chapters 1 and 2 of your textbook. 
Week 2: Skills and Intervention Strategies / Child Welfare Services
Readings

Martin: Chapters 4 and 5

Child Welfare: "Achieving Timely Reunification"

Instructional Materials

Discussion 3

In your post, define empathy and sympathy and compare and contrast them. How are they different? Next, discuss the following: Most human services professionals will, at some point, work with clients whose values and actions they find difficult to accept, or even reprehensible. How might a professional increase his or her capacity to empathize with these individuals? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Discussion 4

Read the article in the Content area about reunification. In your post, explore some of the psychological dynamics experienced by many biological children removed from their biological homes and placed into non-relative foster care. Include discussion of some ways human service professionals can assist foster care children with this transition. Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Quiz 2
Covers chapters 4 and 5 of your textbook. 
Week 3: Adolescent Services / Aging and Services for the Older Adult
Readings

Martin: Chapters 6 and 7

Rageliene: "Links of Adolescents Identity Development and Relationship with Peers: A Systematic Literature Review"

Weeks: “What Should We Build When They Are Ready to Come?”

Instructional Materials

Discussion 5

In your post, discuss the following: A wide variety of therapeutic interventions exist for adolescents, ranging from weekly outpatient sessions with a counselor through programs such as Outward Bound to inpatient facilities with a range of programs and supports. Ideally, adolescent clients would receive the level of treatment most appropriate for their situation; in reality, what other factors play a role in the type and level of treatment that adolescents receive? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Discussion 6

In your post, respond to the following questions: What are some of the major ways in which the needs of older adults are different from those of other groups of human service clients? In what ways are older adults’ needs similar to those of other groups? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Quiz 3
Covers chapters 6 and 7 of your textbook. 
Week 4: Mental Health and Mental Illness / Homelessness
Readings

Martin: Chapter 8 and 9

Kushel: “Revolving Doors: Imprisonment Among the Homeless and Marginally Housed Population”

Link: “Lifetime and Five-Year Prevalence of Homelessness in the United States”

Instructional Materials

Discussion 7

Discuss the following in your post: We have seen that societal attitudes about vulnerable populations have a marked impact on policies and practices. This is clearly illustrated by the historical treatment of the mentally ill. How do current stereotypes and attitudes about individuals with mental illnesses affect the treatment options available to them? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

 1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Discussion 8

Specific groups of homeless people – young families, veterans, older adults, and individuals with mental illness or substance abuse issues – have a wide variety of underlying needs. Choose ONE of these populations and describe the ways a human service professional might address their needs. Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Quiz 4
Covers chapters 8 and 9 of your textbook. 
Week 5: Health Care and Hospice / Substance Abuse
Readings

Martin: Chapter 10 and 11

Oliver: "Inside the Interdisciplinary Team Experiences of Hospice Social Workers"

Brocato: "Harm Reduction: A Social Work Practice Model and Social Justice Agenda"

Instructional Materials
Discussion 9

In your post, respond to the following: What are some ways in which human service professionals can assist patients in an emergency room setting? Given that human service professionals in hospitals have only one or two brief contacts with their clients, and they serve a wide variety of people with varying circumstances, how might these factors shape the way they do their work? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Discussion 10

In your post, respond to the following: Over time, societal attitudes about drug and alcohol consumption and abuse have changed, driving policies and practices related to the availability and use of these substances. How do society’s current attitudes about the use of alcohol and drugs shape the field of substance abuse treatment and vice versa? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Quiz 5
Covers chapters 10 and 11 of your textbook. 
Week 6: Human Services in the Schools / Faith-Based Agencies
Readings

Martin: Chapters 12 and 13

Darch: "School Counselors Training Paraprofessionals: A Practical Model for Providing Technical Assistance in the Rural School Setting"

Dyer: "Navigating Bereavement With Spirituality-Based Interventions: Implications for Non-Faith-Based Counselors"

Instructional Materials
Discussion 11

In your post, respond to the following: Most states now require school social workers, counselors, and psychologists to hold master’s degrees in their fields, with several hundred hours’ worth of internship experience and often with a special certification. Why is it important for human services provider positions in schools to be so highly professionalized? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

 1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Discussion 12

In your post, respond to the following: Recent changes in policy have opened up more opportunities for faith-based organizations to receive government funding. What are some of the potential advantages of this shift? What are some potential dangers or drawbacks? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required. 

Quiz 6
Covers chapters 12 and 13 of your textbook. 
Research Paper

You will submit an APA-formatted research paper totaling a minimum of 7 pages. You will explore a self-selected topic (from an approved list) in depth. The 7 pages must include: title page, abstract, body of the paper (4 pages minimum), and reference list. Papers cannot be more than 10 total pages in length.

Papers must include supportive evidence from at least three peer-reviewed journal articles. Peer-reviewed journal articles are posted in each week of the Content area to correspond with each chapter of the textbook. In your paper, you may use the article from the content area that corresponds with the topic of your choice. You must identify two additional peer-reviewed journal articles from the Columbia College Stafford Library and apply them in your paper. Your textbook may be used as a supplemental source.

Every paragraph of your paper must contain at least one citation from your sources to support your assertions. The paper must reflect good application of all the referenced sources. In other words, you may not rely heavily on the textbook or one article. All sources must be properly formatted using APA in-text citations and a reference list.

The approved list of research paper topics and a detailed rubric is available in the content area of the course. This Research Paper, worth 100 points, is due by 11:59 pm C.T. on Saturday of Week 6.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Violence, Victim Advocacy, and Corrections
Readings

Martin: Chapter 14

Spjeldnes: "Gender Differences in Jail Populations: Factors to Consider in Reentry Strategies"

Instructional Materials

Discussion 13

In your post, respond to the following: In working with victims of domestic violence, a human service professional may find it deeply distressing when a client continues to return to an abusive partner. What generalist practice skills might a professional use to assist her or him in respecting the client’s right to self-determination? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Discussion 14

In your post, respond to the following: What is the “War on Drugs”? Has this government policy and approach to drug enforcement been successful in stemming the drug trade? Why or why not? What have social advocates cited as complaints about this set of policies? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Quiz 7
Covers chapter 14 of your textbook. 
Week 8: Macro Practice and International Human Services / Professional Ethics and Values in Human Services
Readings

Martin: Chapters 3 and 15

Instructional Materials

Discussion 15

In your post, respond to the following: The ethical codes of organizations such as the NASW call on human service professionals to advocate for social and economic justice around the world. What responsibilities do human services workers in the U.S. have to children like Mahamuda Akter, who is profiled in Chapter 15? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Discussion 16

In your post, respond to the following: The macro-level social justice orientation of the human services profession sets it apart from other helping professions such as psychology. How might a human service professional’s personal values support his or her work for social justice? In what ways might such personal values impede his or her work? Use supportive material from the reading assignment, citing your source in-text and listing your reference.

1 initial post and 2 response posts required.

Quiz 8
Covers chapters 3 and 15 of your textbook. 


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

Late discussions will not be accepted. Students must contact the instructor for approval to submit a late quiz or Research Paper. Late assignments will not be accepted until the student has received the instructor’s approval. Late assignments will not be accepted more than three days after the deadline. Regardless of the reason for a late submission, late quizzes and the research paper will be subject to point deductions as follows: 25% for one day late; 50% for two days late; 75% for three days late.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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