Course Descriptions


 
Student may register for any 100 and 200 level classes for which they have met the prerequisite.

Students wishing to register for BHS (300 and 400 level) classes must first apply for admission to the BHS program.  Students who have earned their AAS in Human Services may take up to 6 credits before applying for the BHS. 

Find information on how to apply for the BHS.


Students wishing to register for graduate level classes (600 level) must apply for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.  In some cases Baccalaurate students may register for Graduate level courses with prior permission from the Department Chair. 

Find information on how to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

 

Course Descriptions

HUMS A101 Introduction to Human Services - 3 CR

Overview of human services. Includes traditional and contemporary helping approaches, plus characteristics, values, and professional roles of human service workers.  Covers human service consumers, their problems and functioning, helping systems and strategies, environmental change processes, and legal and ethical issues.

 

HUMS A106 Introduction to Social Welfare - 3 CR

Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.

Analyzes social inequality and the American social welfare state. Traces historical evolution of government and non-government response to the provision of basic needs, opportunities, and rights for its citizenry, especially vulnerable populations. Investigates historical and persisting dilemmas—ethical, political, cultural, and economic—explicit and implicit, in achieving social justice. Assists in understanding of social welfare problems and solutions.

 

HUMS A121 Advocating for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - 3 CR

Focuses on developing the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Provides historical perspective, identifies physical, sexual and emotional abuse that defines battering. Explains cycle of violence, power and control issues and why women stay in abusive relationships. Identifies five stages of living without violence (denial, self-blame, help seeking, ambivalence and living violence free lives). Discusses ways of helping victims become survivors.

 

HUMS A122 Substance Abuse as a Contemporary Problem - 3 CR

Introduction to current issues in addictions with emphasis on understanding alcohol and other drug use in historical, social, cultural, legal, and public health/policy contexts.

 

HUMS A123 Public Education and Prevention in Substance Abuse - 3 CR

Use of community organization knowledge and skills for development of educational and preventive programs in substance abuse.

 

HUMS A124 Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology of Substance Abuse - 3 CR

Prerequisites: PSY A111.

Introduction to basic knowledge about psychopharmacological properties and effects of psychoactive substances. Focus will be given to understanding the relationship between infectious diseases and substance use/abuse.

 

HUMS A153 Human Relations - 3 CR

A survey of human relations to include communication, problem solving, interaction, relationship, choice and change skills.

 

HUMS A155 Human Relations in the Workplace - 3 CR

A survey of communication, problem solving and interaction skills as applied to the world of work.

 

HUMS A185 Introduction to Field Work - 3 CR

Essential elements of field experience learning in a Human Service setting including the foundations of ethical decision making.  Students will complete all documents necessary to enroll in HUMS A295A.

 

HUMS A223 Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling I - 3 CR

Focuses on systematic approach to effective helping and helping skills which fall into the following skill categories: skills for understanding, skills for comfort and crisis intervention, and skills for positive action.

 

HUMS A224 Conflict and Collaborative Systems - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A223 and (HUMS A324 or concurrent enrollment).

Provides a social constructionist framework for understanding interpersonal conflict. Focuses on the human and emotional aspects of conflict and includes the influence of gender and culture. Pragmatic as well as theoretical, this course presents communication and conflict resolution models to help manage and/or resolve conflict.

 

HUMS A226 Intervention Continuum in Substance Abuse Counseling - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A122 and HUMS A223.

Presents a continuum of interventions used in substance abuse counseling, to include screening and placement criteria, motivational interviewing, aftercare and relapse planning, documentation, and confidentiality.

 

HUMS A240 Geriatric Lifestyle Assessment - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A101 or SOC A110.

Provides a holistic overview of the assessment of the older adult. Examines tools and techniques used to assess an older person's functional, cognitive, social and psychosocial strengths and challenges. Explores strategies necessary to develop care plans for optimizing an individual's capabilities and quality of life.

 

HUMS A256 Groups and Organizations - 3 CR

Introduces basic theories, practices and issues of relevance to working in human service agencies and develops skills to work effectively in an organizational setting. As a result of this course, the student should be more effective in observing, and political dynamics of service delivery groups and organizations.

 

HUMS A290 Selected Topics in Alcohol and Drug Counseling - .5-3 CR

Provides the most current education in the area of substance abuse counseling. Specific topics will vary.

 

HUMS A295A Human Services Practicum I - 3 CR

Prerequisites: (ENGL A111 or concurrent enrollment) and HUMS A101 and HUMS A223.

Students placed in a community Human Services agency will examine agency structure and functioning, professional relationships, and interagency networks to apply their knowledge of entry level helping skills with agency clientele while participating in a weekly class seminar to facilitate the integration of human service knowledge and theory with practical field application.

 

HUMS A295B Human Services Practicum II - 3 CR

Prerequisites: [(ENGL A211 or concurrent enrollment) or (ENGL A212 or concurrent enrollment) or (ENGL A214 or concurrent enrollment)] and HUMS A295A.

Emphasizes increasing responsibilities for providing direct client services. Students will access problems and plan interventions within the placement agency, while participating in a weekly class seminar structured to facilitate the integration of human service knowledge and theory with practical field application.

 

HUMS A321 Diversity Issues in Human Services Practice - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A101 and HUMS A223 and HUMS A295A.

Using a framework of self-awareness, this course will focus on the range of human diversity and the historical and current responses to it. It will help students incorporate the relevant needs of diverse groups in their professional practice.

 

HUMS A322 Service Coordination in Human Services Practice - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A101 and HUMS A223 and HUMS A295A.

Introduction to the fundamentals of service coordination across disciplines. Using an empowerment and strengths based framework, course focuses on the functions of service delivery, including assessment, planning, and implementation, utilizing the concepts of collaboration, ethics, and diversity.

 

HUMS A324 Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling II - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A223.

Focuses on 11 major paraprofessional counseling skill clusters. Course emphasis will be skill performance in a direct service context.

 

HUMS A333 Alternative Dispute Resolution - 3 CR

Prerequisites: [HUMS A223 or PSY A223] and [HUMS A324 or PSY A324].

A conceptual framework in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with particular emphasis on history, communication skills, and ethics. Uses simulation exercises including negotiation strategy and tactics; mediation process and techniques; and development of arbitration case theory presentation. A comparison of the adversarial and collaborative dispute resolution systems as a theoretical backdrop.

 

HUMS A334 Family Mediation - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A223 and HUMS A224 and HUMS A324 and HUMS A333.

Trains students in advanced mediation skills for resolving family conflict. Different models of mediation are presented, evaluated, and practiced. Current issues in Alaska family mediation are covered.

 

HUMS A350 Men and Masculinity - 3 CR

Prerequisites: SOC A101 or PSY A111.

Examines perspectives on masculinity and male sex role from historical, cultural and social-psychological perspectives with focus on males as clients in the human services setting. Examines the dynamics of male socialization and its influence on men in areas such as family and work, sexuality, and physical and mental health. Attention given to implications for prevention and human service delivery.

 

HUMS A390 Selected Topics in Human Service Practice - .5-3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A101.

Provides the most current education in the area of Human Service practice. Specific topics will vary.

 

HUMS A412 Ethical Issues in Human Services Practice - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A101 and HUMS A223.

Overview of ethics in human service practice. Clients' rights and confidentiality, worker responsibility for ethical behavior in the areas of confidentiality, multicultural counseling, professional responsibility, and practitioner competency.

 

HUMS A414 Rural Treatment Strategies for Human Service Professionals - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A101.

Focuses upon human service work in rural settings. Development of relevant knowledge and skills in the following areas: cultural issues, the addiction process and their impact on the individual, the family, and the community. Prevention and treatment of substance abuse strategies are presented focusing upon the human service worker as a change agent.

 

HUMS A416 Substance Abuse and the Older Adult - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A124 and HUMS A223.

Addresses the issues related to aging adults who misuse alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, and other substances. Emphasis will be placed on identification, assessment, and intervention strategies.

 

HUMS A417 Substance Abuse Counseling for Human Service Professionals - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A122 and HUMS A123 and HUMS A223.

Develops advanced counseling theory and skills specifically required by human service professionals in substance abuse treatment. Includes client assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Substance abuse treatment strategies will be compared and contrasted.

 

HUMS A424 Advanced Counseling for Human Service Professionals - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A223 and HUMS A324.

Comparative counseling systems and theories appropriate in the human service context are presented. Cognitive, affective, behavioral systems will be presented as approaches in a variety of human service settings including education, family and community, rehabilitation, and mental health.

 

HUMS A434 Group Facilitation for Human Service Professionals - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A223 and HUMS A324.

Advanced facilitation skills appropriate for group work to include goal setting, reciprocation, task identification, and personal growth. Presents a theoretical case in both group dynamics and group leadership. Contemporary ethical and managerial issues are included.

 

HUMS A461 Crisis Intervention - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A101 and HUMS A223 and HUMS A324.

A systematic and social approach to causes and treatment of human crises. Covers characteristics of crises, intervention strategies, and specific techniques for resolving various crisis situations. Students are expected to research, analyze, and compare community crisis support services.

 

HUMS A495A Human Services Practicum III - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A295A with minimum grade of C and HUMS A295B with minimum grade of C.

Registration Restrictions: Admission to Human Services Bachelor Degree Program.

Placement in an agency will provide students with advancing levels of responsibility in direct client services and/or specialized activities/projects while increasing their professional development. Weekly concurrent classroom seminars required.

 

HUMS A495B Human Services Practicum IV - 3 CR

Prerequisites: HUMS A495A with minimum grade of C.

Registration Restrictions: Declared Human Services major, admission to Bachelor of Human Services Degree, Practicum IV status approval.

Course Attributes: UAA GER Integrative Capstone.

This is the Integrative Capstone course for the Bachelor's of Human Services degree. The course builds and expands upon material presented in Human Services Practica I-III using theoretical frameworks from other required Human Service coursework. Students gain increasing levels of responsibility in the provision of direct client services in community-based settings.

 

HUMS A610 Program Evaluation in Applied Settings - 3 CR

Prerequisites: STAT A252.

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems. Prior coursework in research methodology required.

Examines conceptual, methodological, and administrative factors related to the process of program evaluation in applied settings.

 

HUMS A630 Family and Community Systems - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Presents a complex systems approach to human service delivery. Through the frameworks of diversity and social justice, the course examines contemporary and changing service delivery values, perspectives and intervention techniques.

 

HUMS A640 Contemporary Issues in Rehabilitation - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of the historical, philosophical, and legal basis of rehabilitation systems and services. Examines the role of rehabilitation systems, the rehabilitation process, public and private organizational systems, and societal trends in rehabilitation.

 

HUMS A650 Leadership and Organizational Development in Human Services - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Presents leadership styles based upon human organizational development theory and concepts. Through the frameworks of transformative, strategic and structural change models, the course examines organizational change and leadership in public, private and self-help human service organizations.

 

HUMS A660 Promoting Positive Development in At-Risk Youth - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides history and current challenges facing the field of positive youth development, examines theoretical and practical frameworks for collaboratively providing quality services and establishing programs and community connections needed to successfully transition into young adulthood.

 

HUMS A670 Professional Ethics in Human Services - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of ethical issues in human services emphasizing the identification of ethical issues and the application of ethical principles and codes of ethics in applied decision making.

 

HUMS A680 Advanced Topics in Human Development: Childhood - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of major theories and research in child development with a focus on applications in human service systems. Emphasis on program development and systems issues in multicultural settings and strategies to promote healthy development and resilience.

 

HUMS A681 Advanced Topics in Human Development: Adolescence - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of major theories and research in adolescent development with a focus on applications in human service systems. Emphasis on program development and systems issues in multicultural settings and strategies to promote healthy development and resilience.

 

HUMS A682 Advanced Topics in Human Development: Adulthood and Aging - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of major theories and research in adulthood and aging with a focus on applications in human service systems. Emphasis on program development and systems issues in multicultural settings and strategies to promote healthy development and resilience.