Course Descriptions

Human Services --- HSER

Course Descriptions

HSER 1100  Introduction to Human Services   3 cr

Provides an introduction to the field of Human Services. Course describes history, worker roles, and current career trends in the field. Students are required to participate in hands-on experience through service learning. This course is appropriate for anyone who might be interested in the helping profession. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

HSER 1101  Introduction to Social Work   3 cr

Presents an overview of the field of social work looking at its history and social welfare policy in this country. This course is intended for students interested in transferring to a four-year degree in Social Work; it satisfies an elective credit for the Human Services Degree.

HSER 1103  Adults with Disabilities   2 cr

Explores the various types of disabilities and how they impact the individual, the family unit, and society. A particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the unique behavioral, physical, cultural and psychological issues associated with each type of disability. NOTE: HSER1103 and INTS 1103 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department. Students wanting to fulfill Goal 7 of the MTC must enroll in INTS 1103.

HSER 1104  Multicultural Awareness in the Helping Profession   3 cr

Examines attitudes and enhances knowledge and skills that are necessary to work effectively with culturally diverse populations in the human services field. Students will explore their own and others' cultural indentities, values, attitudes, and behaviors. Emphasis is placed on how to adjust services to the multicultural needs of individuals who are served.

HSER 1105  Loss and Grief   2 cr

Looks at dynamics of loss and grief across the lifespan. We will look at how grief impacts families and children, as well as exploring gender differences. We will incorporate journal assignments and experiential activities designed in the healing of each person's grief journey. Students will learn to identify, assess, and intervene in grief situations.

HSER 1106  Basic Counseling Skills   3 cr

Introduces basic counseling and interviewing skills. Students will learn and apply skills that range from basic attending and listening skills to chart documentation and treatment planning. Prerequisite: Recommended concurrent enrollment with HSER 1100.

HSER 1107  Group Processes   3 cr

Focuses on the development of communication skills and self-awareness important in the roles of group membership and leadership. Provides an understanding of the evolution and function of therapeutic groups. Emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills. Prereq: HSER 1100 and HSER 1106.

HSER 1110  Education: Early Childhood Birth To Grade 3   3 cr

Gives students a perspective on teaching at the early childhood through third-grade levels. In addition to attending the weekly 2-hour discussions, students will complete a minimum of 30 Service Learning hours in an early childhood program or elementary school setting. The lecture/discussion groups and guest speakers will focus on such issues as curriculum, Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, classroom management, various cultures, parent-teacher communication, classroom issues, and technology in the classroom. EDU 1110 and HSER 1110 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department. Prerequisites: Recommended EDU 1109.

HSER 1112  Crisis Assessment and Intervention   3 cr

Presents basic concepts of crisis assessment, intervention, and referral. The application of strategies and techniques with a discussion of intervention, assessment, and referral models is included. An overview of interventions for specific crisis will be reviewed. An assessment model for making appropriate referrals is presented.

HSER 1113  Introduction to Chemical Dependency   3 cr

Provides an overview of the concepts of chemical dependency, including definitions, symptoms and signs of abuse and dependency; and an overview of history and trends. Describes the effects of each classification of drugs on the body, mind, and spirit, including impact on learning and memory. Students will develop an understanding of the process of assessment, intervention and treatment, education and prevention, referral, aftercare and relapse prevention. HSER 1113 and EDU 1113 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

HSER 1117  Mental Disorders Through the Life Span   3 cr

Introduces an overview of the range of mental disorders throughout the lifespan. Disorders covered include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, substance disorders, personality disorders, and disorders in children and the elderly. Students will learn to identify signs and symptoms of each disorder. They also will learn basic skills and therapeutic treatments that effectively help individuals who have mental disorders.

HSER 1121  Adolescent and Youth Work   2 cr

Focuses on learning about adolescents, identifying their developmental stage, tasks and goals, and how to work with them concerning their mental and physical health needs. Common adolescent crisis problems and cases will be explored, including assessment and intervention strategies. This course is for Human Service Students, counselors, other helping professionals, law enforcement personnel, teachers and parents.

HSER 1123  Family Functions and Interactions   3 cr

Studies the family with attention to its organization, function and dynamics. Emphasis is placed on the impact and effects of family on individual development. The course offers an introduction to family systems theory, normal and problematic family systems, and family functioning concepts. It also examines family violence including, social and psychological roots of violence. Chemical dependency and how it affects the family will also be discussed.

HSER 1125  Action Based Learning Experience   2 cr

Introduces students to an experientially based course that will be service learning oriented. Students will immerse themselves in the local community/culture partnering with local agencies in serving those individuals and families in need. Students will be traveling to out state or out of region localities.

HSER 1126  Ethical Issues in Human Services   2 cr

Presents an overview of ethical issues specific to Human Services including models for ethical decision making, legal and professional issues, professional codes of ethics, core values and personal issues.

HSER 1128  Guidance, Communication and Development of Young Children   3 cr

Discuses developmental characteristics of infants, toddlers and preschool children with emphasis on stages of and individual differences in rates and styles of learning. Incorporates guidance principles and techniques in order to better understand the child's behavior and improve skills in working with children in various situations. HSER 1128 and EDU 1128 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

HSER 1130  Early Childhood Education   3 cr

Provides an opportunity for students to explore the early childhood education field as caregivers of young children. Individuals will explore their role as a practitioner through self-exploration, classroom activities, and group activities. HSER 1130 and EDU 1130 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

HSER 1132  Creative Activities for the Young Child   2 cr

Presents the principles needed to plan creative experiences for infants, toddlers, and young children in all curriculum areas. Creative activities and experiences will be explored that enhance children's social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development. Materials fee required. HSER 1132 and EDU 1132 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

HSER 1133  Children's Health, Nutrition, Phys Development, and the Effects of Drugs   3 cr

Focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to maintain a safe and healthy environment for young children. Appropriate activities and experiences for young children will be addressed around the topics of health, safety, nutrition, physical development, and the effects of drugs on children. HSER 1133 and EDU 1133 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

HSER 1136  Infant and Toddler Development   3 cr

Focuses on developing a knowledge base about infant and toddler development emphasizing identification and creation of the learning environment. 40 hours of service learning/field experience required. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. HSER 1136 and EDU 1136 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

HSER 1138  Children With Special Needs   3 cr

Focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to create and maintain an integrated learning environment for children with special needs. An introduction and exploration of disabilities commonly found in infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children. HSER 1138 and EDU 1138 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

HSER 1140  Human Sexuality   3 cr

Presents an interdisciplinary study of human sexuality in a pluralistic society. NOTE: HSER 1140 and INTS 1140 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department. Students wishing to earn MnTC credits must enroll as INTS 1140.

HSER 1179  Human Services Seminar   1 cr

Provides an opportunity for human services students to create and implement projects for the development of personal knowledge and skill. Provides students the opportunity to receive support on internship progress. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. This course must be taken concurrently with HSER 1189, Internship. The course may be repeated once. Prereq: Must take currently with HSER 1189, Internship.

HSER 1189  Internship   cr

Offers work experience in a human service agency, providing an opportunity to further develop skills. Through work experience, students will gain additional knowledge of human services practices and concepts. May be taken as two 3-credit courses or one 6-credit course. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. Prereq: Permission of human service faculty and previous human service coursework. Must take concurrently with HSER 1179, Human Services Seminar.

HSER 1777  The Journey of Love and Relationships   2 cr

Explores various dimensions of love: biological, psychological, and sociological. The majority of our songs and movies have as a theme something about love. Never before in our culture have we devoted so much time and energy to the topic of love, yet so many are so confused and suffer so much pain around it. This is a course that will add clarity and understanding toward your comprehension of what love is. Note: HSER1777 and INTS1777 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department. Students wishing to earn MnTC credits must enroll as INTS1777.

HSER 2008  Introduction to Infant/Child Mental Health   2 cr

Provides an introduction to mental health support and intervention for infants, children, and parents. Class sessions explore features of child mental health and mental health care, from prevalence to causes to effective treatments. Students will have opportunities to examine ways that children's overall development is affected by early relationships and social and emotional influences, including but not limited to attachment, temperament, and toxic stress. Includes a comprehensive review of parenting and community resources to provide knowledge of best practices for those interested in working with infants, young children, and their families. HSER 2008 and EDU 2008 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

HSER 2250  Contemporary Human Services Topics   cr

Presents special topics in Human Services. Coursework explores current issues and challenges in human services. May be repeated under different topics.