Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog 
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog

HSS 101 - Introduction to Human Services

Credits: 5
LEC hours per week: 5
Students will be introduced to the many facets of human services work and will explore the number of services provided by local agencies in food and shelter assistance, addiction and recovery, mental health, community health, and disability services. Students will also review the history, policies, politics, and economic factors that influence and shape the field of human services.
Course Outcomes:
  • Identify the development of human and social services in America and the changing roles and responsibilities of the human service workforce in the development and implementation of policy.
  • Compare and contrast the range of health and human service professions and the functions played by private and public agencies.
  • Evaluate the various human systems, key theories, and approaches fundamental in human services and the appropriate skills when working with those systems.
Course Topics:
  1. An overview of human services today
  2. The history of human services
  3. Social policy development
  4. The nature and principles of the helping process
  5. Career opportunities
  6. Services provided by local agencies
  7. The link between human services field and current issues/social trends in society
Course Attribute(s): Listed Elective