This course introduces students to the role of human service professionals working in an urban environment. Students will learn about the historical context that led to the development of the various human service professions, with an emphasis on New York City. Other topics to be discussed include the value, knowledge, and skill base of the helping professions, the helping relationship and the helping process, culturally competent work, and issues of social justice. Emphasis will be placed on the relationships between social welfare policy, human need, and the provision of human services. A research assignment will give students an opportunity to explore a specific field of practice within the urban environment. Requirement Designation: Regular Liberal Arts.
Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017