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HSDA Course Descriptions

HSDA 3100 - Introduction to Human Services

This course provides an introduction to the field of Human Services. Students will learn about the roles and functions of the human service professional, including counseling services, the helping process, delivery models, the range of populations and needs served, and the ethical responsibilities of Human Services professionals. Particular emphasis is given to the socio-cultural, historic, political, and economic context in which the profession and human service delivery systems have evolved.

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3110 - Diversity and Social Justice

Introduces students to the historical context of diversity and social justice and their relationship to human services delivery systems, with a focus on oppression and privilege as manifested in societal systems and forces that influence their development and continuation. Diversity and Social Justice introduces the human services student to the wide range of individuals who may be recipients of services and care in agency settings. We will acknowledge and explore the statuses and conditions that promote or limit human functioning. The course will cover topics including socioeconomic class, racial and ethnic inequality, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religious differences, physical and mental disabilities, chemical dependencies, aging, and delinquency/crime.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: SOCI 1160 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3120 - Service Delivery and Interpersonal Skills

This course introduces students to the theory of human development with an emphasis on service delivery to individuals, including interpersonal communication skills, professional strategies, the relationship of interpersonal systems to larger systems and an understanding of cultural factors (including nationality, religion, spirituality, gender, race, etc.) as they relate to developing a working relationship between the human service helper and clients.

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3130 - Service Delivery Small Group Systems

This is a course in learning how to lead out-patient groups. Psychotherapeutic techniques used in small groups and large-group interventions are covered to demonstrate group processes. This course includes reviews of the current research, legal, and ethical issues associated with paraprofessional and professional practice in the human services field.

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3140 - Service Delivery in Community and Local Settings

This course focuses on organizing, advocacy, and social change in relation to community development. Students will explore how communities develop and change. Particular emphasis will be placed on theories of social change and practical tools for creating directed social change within a community context. Important themes include diversity, community organization, power, empowerment, and transformative social change through local and global activism.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3100 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3150 - Organizing Human Services Delivery

This course is designed to provide the theoretical foundation as well as knowledge and skills to prepare students to pursue administrative roles in various human service organizations including non-profit organization and government agencies. Topics for inquiry include organizational management, supervision, legal issues, risk management, recruiting and managing volunteers, constituency building, and other advocacy techniques.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3100 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3160 - Leadership and Conflict Resolution in HSDA

This course is a multidisciplinary survey of the nature of conflict and models of conflict resolution, including mediation, negotiation, and collaborative problem solving, particularly as they relate to leadership and human services.

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3170 - Ethics and Values in Human Services Delivery

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of how ethical theory is applied to everyday situations by those involved in health, policy, administration and other areas of bureaucratic responsibility within the field of human services. Particular emphasis is placed on the philosophical basis of ethical theory, including the virtue-ethics of Aristotle, natural law theory as expressed by Thomas Aquinas, the rational egoism of Hobbes, the deontology of Kant and the utilitarianism of Mills.

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3180 - Information and Data Management

This course is a survey course in applied data management. Students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to appropriately obtain, organize, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate information in order to facilitate the delivery of effective human services.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CSCI 1250 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3190 - Program, Planning, Evaluation, and Funding

This course teaches students about effective program planning and development. Special emphasis is placed on the systematic analysis of service needs and selection of appropriate intervention strategies; program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation; and effective fundraising techniques, proposal writing, and fiscal management.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3150 or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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HSDA 3200 - Service Learning in Human Services Delivery and Administration

This is the first of four service learning courses for HSDA majors. Students will be introduced to the concept of Service Learning (SL) and the philosophy and principals that serve as its foundation. Students are expected to complete at least 50 hours of Service Learning at a single designated agency during the semester. Service learning courses must be taken sequentially.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites and/or Corequisites: HSDA 3100, HSDA 3110, and HSDA 3120 with grades of C or higher

Hours:
3



Notes:
Service learning courses must be taken sequentially.

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HSDA 3201 - Service Learning in Human Services Delivery and Administration

This course involves the practical application of knowledge and experiences gained in HSDA 3200. Students will work with the course instructor to integrate prior skills and knowledge through experiential learning. Students are expected to complete 200 hours of Service Learning hours at a single designated agency during the semester. Service learning courses must be taken sequentially.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3200 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



Notes:
Service learning courses must be taken sequentially.

Cross-listed
SVLN 3201 View HSDA 3201 in Catalog

HSDA 4100 - Context of Aging

This course focuses on the conditions that promote or limit human functioning within the context of the life course. Particular emphasis is placed on the historical, cultural, psychological physiological, biological and social contexts of aging across the life course.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3100 or SOCI 1101 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



Cross-listed
SOCI 4120 View HSDA 4100 in Catalog

HSDA 4110 - Successful Aging

This course provides an overview of the theories and research related to successful aging. Topics might include religion, creativity, work and leisure in relation to the life course.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3100 or SOCI 1101 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



Cross-listed
SOCI 4110 View HSDA 4110 in Catalog

HSDA 4120 - Resources for Aging Population

Introduces students to services available for older adults and to careers in the field of aging services. Content includes theoretical and practical issues, advocacy, barrier to services, as well as exposure to opportunities for service and employment. This course also offers a survey of current resources for an aging population, including the family, private, local, state, and federal programs, with a focus on multicultural impacts and advocacy.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4130 - Communicating with Older Adults

Focuses on differential communication skills, including communicating with clients, families, and caregivers. Also covered are discussions of health literacy and ways to improve the health literacy of clients and caregivers and communications research including verbal, non-verbal, and written communications and application of findings for excellence in communications skills. This course will provide the necessary intervention knowledge, theory, and skills to effectively communicate with older adults in facilitating maximum autonomy and functioning. The course will meet the needs of students who are training to be human services professionals such as caregivers, services brokers, advocates, and teachers.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3120 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4170 - Decisions at the End-of-Life

An introduction to helping families cope with decision making in old age, including advance directives (health care surrogates, proxies, power of attorney for health care), health care decision making, hospice care, and other issues (i.e. living alone, driving, finances). This course will introduce the lifespan development and the final stages of death and dying. Students will compare and contract historical and modern attitudes toward death and dying found in literature, rituals, religion, philosophy, film, medical-legal issues, and in the process clarify their attitudes and values.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3170 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4190 - Policy, Planning Older Adults

Introduces students to and provides an understanding of the factors influencing the development of public policy and key legislation that impacts older adults' economic and health status. The students will become familiar with public policy frameworks, needs assessment tools, and evidence-based policy development. Students will study the impact of media, advocacy and effective utilizations of coalitions on changing public policy. The students will be challenged to think strategically and to understand the key elements of a direct action advocacy campaign. Students will understand the future public policy challenges to develop and address a rapidly growing and changing older adult population.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4200 - Service Learning in Human Services Delivery and Administration

This course involves the practical application of knowledge and experiences gained in HSDA 3201. Students will work with the course instructor to integrate prior skills and knowledge through experiential learning. Students are expected to complete 200 hours of Service Learning hours at a single designated agency during the semester. Service learning courses must be taken sequentially.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3201 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



Notes:
Service learning courses must be taken sequentially.

Cross-listed
SVLN 4200 View HSDA 4200 in Catalog

HSDA 4201 - Service Learning in Human Services Delivery and Administration

This course involves the practical application of knowledge and experiences gained in HSDA 4200. Students will work with the course instructor to integrate prior skills and knowledge through experiential learning. Students are expected to complete 200 hours of Service Learning hours at a single designated agency during the semester. Service learning courses must be taken sequentially.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 4200 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



Cross-listed
SVLN 4201 View HSDA 4201 in Catalog

HSDA 4240 - Introduction to Qualitative Research

This course is an introduction to qualitative research methodology and design. This course will provide the student with knowledge and skills in information and data management.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: SOCI 2000 or POLS 2000, and MATH 1401 or MATH 2400

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4250 - Administration and Organization Issues

An examination of human services organizations in relation to other systems, with an emphasis on organizational theory, influencing systems and outcomes, and the roles of human services professionals in organizations. This course is designed to present the student an advanced-level view of the public and private sectors when it comes to the administration of human services. We will examine the importance of corporate culture and philosophy on organizational theory. We will examine the importance of culture and the significance of various limits put on policy in several directions, i.e. environmentally, economically and socially. Also examined are the importance of public law and legal processes and the complexity of intergovernmental and intersectoral relations. This course provides to the human services graduate an in-depth view of the administrative structures in both the public and private sectors. It looks at the three branches of government within our system: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial and their various roles in the administrative process. We will look at the effect the legal system has on the administration of public services. Finally, we will examine how public policy is developed and implemented in service systems and the financing and budgeting components involved.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4280 - Applied Statistical Analysis

The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of data analysis and applications in social scientific research. In this context, the course will expose you to the theoretical and mathematical foundations of the technique. The primary focus will be on the use of SPSS for analysis. it will also provide information on useful extensions of techniques that help the researchers deal with issues of non-linearity and simultaneity in cross-sectional data.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 2400 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4290 - Program Planning Evaluation II

This course is an applied course in program planning, evaluation, and funding. The purpose of this course is to give students the necessary knowledge and skills to appropriately assess client needs, develop and implement suitable interventions, and obtain assessment data on the effectiveness of the interventions that can be used to improve the intervention's effectiveness. This is an active learning course.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: HSDA 3190 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4292 - Report, Grant, & Scientific Writing

This course focuses on information management skills, which include obtaining, organizing, analyzing, evaluating, and disseminating information. The course introduces students to the organization and mechanics of technical and professional communications, both visual and verbal. Emphasis is placed on gathering and evaluating information; planning, organizing, and writing; designing visual aids; editing, and using multi-modal forms of communication.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: ENGL 1102 and HSDA 3190 with grades of C or higher

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4300 - Special Topics in International Human Services and Global Social Issues

This course provides an integrated interdisciplinary approach to analyzing and addressing global/international human service and social issues needs and provides students with the necessary skills to work with globally diverse populations.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: HSDA 3100, HSDA  3110, HSDA 3120, and SOCI 1160

Hours:
3



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HSDA 4301 - Civil Mediation

The 40 hours of training consists of mediation skill set instruction and a practicum in civil mediation as required by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GODR) which is designed to teach the various steps of general mediation.  This course lays the foundation for all specialty mediation trainings such as domestic, juvenile, special education, personal injury, EEOC, community disputes and many more venues which employ alternative dispute resolution methods. This course provides students with an integrated interdisciplinary approach to analyzing and addressing social conflict necessary for addressing conflict resolution needs. Students are required to have a minimum of 60 hours of academic credit with a 2.5 minimum GPA.

Hours:
3



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