Course Offerings in Human Services & Social Justice (HSSJ)

Brief descriptions of our course offerings for students who have declared a major or minor in Human Services & Social Justice (HSSJ) are listed below. Meeting times and locations for these courses, and for courses in other department, can be found on the GW Schedule of Classes. The prior Human Services (HMSR) equivalents can be found on the requirements pages for HMSR majors and HMSR minors. See also the GW Course Bulletin for more information.

HSSJ 1100  Introduction to Human Services and Social Justice (3)

A broad overview of the historical and intellectual development of the field of Human Services and Social Justice, which includes community based scholarship. (Fall)

HSSJ 1150  Non-Profit Management (3)

The field of non-profit organizations continues to expand in the United States and elsewhere, making the management of NGOs crucial for their continued development, especially given the current fiscal crisis. We begin the class by reviewing the structure of organizations and their culture, before delving into how NGOs are managed, using case studies and on-site field experiences. (Spring)

HSSJ 1177  Organizing for Social Justice in Human Services (3)

This is an introductory course based on the principles of community organizing and social change which utilizes the community for the study and analysis of contemporary issues in human services and non-profit organizations. This course connects theory in community organizing and social change with the opportunity to explore how it is applied directly in the field. Students take a critical look at methods used by non-profit organizations and campaigns, and engage in organizing activities in the field. Includes readings, critical observations, and fieldwork. (Fall and Spring)

HSSJ 2160  Role of NGOs in International Humanitarian Assistance (3)

The role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in providing service and care for vulnerable individuals and communities in need has been and continues to increase. When natural disasters occur, such as floods or earthquakes, or when armed conflicts break out, NGOs often offer humanitarian assistance to populations at risk. We look at NGOs as actors in the international humanitarian community by focusing on their development, the place they hold in international interventions, and the types of services they provide. Readings, films, and case studies allow for an exploration of various forms of intervention from larger to smaller scale NGOs. This course has a service learning requirement, which will allow students to gain experience with a NGO working in these areas. (Fall and Spring)

HSSJ 2170  Interpersonal Relationships in Human Services (3)

This course addresses starting and ending professional relationships; basic helping skills; intake interviews; case management; working in, through, and with difference; strengths-based models of individual change; group facilitation; conflict resolution; team management; cultural competence; and supervision. (Fall)

HSSJ 2171  Human Interactions: Child and Adolescent Development (3)

This course focuses on child development from infancy to young adulthood. Students examine dominant psychosocial, cognitive, and physical competencies; motivational changes; coping styles; normative and non-normative behaviors. Includes three hours weekly field experience in appropriate agency setting. (Fall)

HSSJ 2172  Human Interactions: Adult Development (3)

This course addresses adult development from young adulthood to old age. Dominant psychosocial, cognitive, and physical competencies; motivational changes; coping styles; normative and non-normative behaviors. Includes three hours weekly field experience in appropriate agency setting. (Spring)

HSSJ 2200  Principles of Ethical Leadership (3)

This course reviews the practices and commitments of ethical leaders to enhance organizational effectiveness, engage diverse perspectives, clarify values and mission, and enhance commitment to shared purposes. Theory-to-practice exercises are structured for students to examine conceptual materials within the context of their service-learning field experiences. (Spring)

HSSJ 3100W  Program Planning and Evaluation, WID (3)

Program planning and development activities are essential to human service agencies. Through case studies and on-site field experiences, students analyze processes by which agency needs are assessed and programs planned. Community-based research. Prerequisite: Status as a human services major or minor or permission of the instructor. (Fall)

HSSJ  3110W  Non-Profit and Organizational Management, WID (3)

This course offers an introduction to organizational theory and program administration in community agencies: staff recruitment and development; fiscal operations including funding; facilities; and effective community relations. Community-based research. Prerequisite: Status as a human services major or minor or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

HSSJ 3152  Fact, Field, and Fiction: Intersections in Human Services and Social Justice (6)

This 6-credit course is an opportunity for students to develop breadth through research, readings, and class assignments, as well as depth by completing a significant service-learning experience at a professor approved non-profit or governmental organization. We use fiction and nonfiction to explore the human condition and human service’s role in effectively addressing inequities and social justice. Students are expected to connect the classroom readings and dialogues with their service work. Students are also responsible for securing a site placement (assistance and suggestions are provided by the professor) and completing a total of 192 hours (approx. 16 hrs/wk).  In addition, students complete a research paper and work on the BRIDGE Project and participate in the Service-Learning Symposium. (Fall and Spring)

HSSJ 4133  Supervised Experience in HSSJ (3)

This course provides students with an opportunity to deepen their involvement in a non-profit or governmental organization that provides either direct or indirect human services work. Students develop, manage, and evaluate learning goals; complete 100 hours of service-learning; conduct a research project; meet bimonthly with professor; and, meet monthly with other students in the course. Students must have taken at least one HMSR or HSSJ course before engaging in independent work. Admission by permission of program director AND supervising instructor. (Fall and Spring)

HSSJ 4193  Research and Independent Study (variable)

Individual research and special projects. Admission by permission of instructor. (Fall and Spring)

HSSJ 4195  Capstone Seminar in Human Services and Social Justice (3)

This Capstone Seminar is designed specifically for students who are completing the program requirements and approaching graduation and helps students synthesize prior course learning as they transition to the world of work or graduate study. Admission by permission of instructor. (Spring of Senior year)

HSSJ 4198  Topics in Human Services and Social Justice (3)

When these courses are offered, they provide an in-depth look at specific opportunities and issues in Human Services and Social Justice, such as a course on Social Transformative Entrepreneurship offered in Fall 2014.