This course will provide an overview of human services and the social welfare institutions. The historical development and the philosophy of the social service will be reviewed as well as the legislative and economic influences. The diversity and complex spectrum of services and program will be examined. The students will learn about the helping relationships, active listening skills, and essential worker attitudes plus values awareness. Impersonal violence and oppression will be analyzed as well as promoting individual and professional cultural competence. Special popluations will be examined and their special needs. The NASW Code of Ethics will be examined and its application to the helping services. The class material will assist the student to better understand themselves and their world through value clarifications and a social justice lens. The course will focus upon enhancing the quality of life of the students and society.