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Human Service Organizations: Theories and Approaches

SW608, Section 001

This course focuses on organization theory and research from the perspective of learning what it can teach us about a particular category of organizations generally referred to human service organizations, or organizations mainly concerned with directly supporting, constraining, or changing human behavior. Students will briefly explore the basis for categorizing organizations into different forms, as well as the history of the study of organizations. Subsequently, they will learn about the context, operation, and structure of human service organizations, as well as the role and impact of such organizations on contemporary social welfare. The purpose of this course is threefold: 1) to advance student knowledge of organizational theory and research, particularly as it pertains to the description and analysis of human service organizations, 2) to relate human service organizations to the communities and social systems in which they are active with regard to the key diversity dimensions such as "ability, age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), marital status, national origin, race, religion or spirituality, sex, and sexual orientation", and 3) to familiarize students with the organizational contexts within which the management and change of human service organizations occurs.

Semester: Fall 1999
Instructor: David J. Tucker
Category: CSS HBSE
Prerequesites: HB 502
Time: Fri 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 1804 SSWB
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