HMS 221 Ethical Problems and Issues


Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Stanton, Wilmington
Effective Date:
2020-51
Prerequisite:
ENG 101, HMS 121
Co-Requisites:

None

Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course provides students the tools needed to clarify their own values as well as to understand the basic moral problems and issues of the society that surrounds them. Emphasis is on the development of a personal value system and the relationship of ethics to the human services profession.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

All campus program and policy manuals

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Disclaimer:

None

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Employ an ethical theory/model that stresses how the individual makes moral choices, and evaluate how those choices have a direct impact on the moral quality of the society at large.  (CCC 2, 4; PGC 2, 4, 5)
  2. Examine and differentiate among concepts such as values, ethics, and morality. (CCC 2, 4; PGC 2, 4, 5)
  3. Assess major personal and professional ethical issues and one’s own value system, beliefs, and biases.  (CCC 2, 3, 4; PGC 2, 4, 5, 7)
  4. Appraise ways in which a helper’s values impact clients. (CCC 2, 4; PGC 2, 4, 5, 7)
  5. Explain the helper’s ethical responsibilities, such as confidentiality and informed consent, as they apply to the therapeutic setting.  (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 2, 4, 5, 7)
  6. Synthesize the ethical and legal aspects of the therapeutic relationship to make ethical decisions. (CCC 2, 3, 4; PGC 2, 4, 5, 7)
  7. Integrate professional competence with guidelines for supervision and training in the human services field.  (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 2, 4, 5, 6)
  8. Examine one’s own cultural perspectives by illustrating the importance of cultural differences between helpers and clients and the effects on helping relationships. (CCC 3, 4; PGC 2, 3, 4, 5)
  9. Apply effective modalities to work within a human services system to maintain and promote appropriate ethical standards and behaviors. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 2, 4, 5, 7)
  10. Design an experiential component that appraises the relationship among real-life ethical attitudes and practices that impact the human services community. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 2, 4, 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Employ an ethical theory/model that stresses how the individual makes moral choices, and evaluate how they have a direct impact on the moral quality of the society at large.
    1. Discuss various ethical theories and how these impact one's personal moral code as well as societal moral codes of ethics.
  2. Examine and differentiate among concepts such as values, ethics, and morality.
    1. Define and differentiate among the terms: value, ethics, and morality.
    2. Identify and/or state the components of each.
  3. Assess major ethical issues, personal and professional, one's own value system, and belief and biases.
    1. Express an awareness of one’s personal values, beliefs, biases etc., and how these may affect a helper-client relationship for a variety of topics.
    2. Assess ethical issues within provided scenarios.
  4. Appraise ways in which the helper’s values impact their clients.
    1. Identify ways in which the helper’s values impact clients.
    2. Appraise the impact of values upon helper-client interactions, using text-based and/or instructor’s supplemental material.
  5. Explain the helper’s ethical responsibilities, such as confidentiality and informed consent, as they apply to the therapeutic setting.
    1. Identify various ethical responsibilities of a helper as they apply to the therapeutic setting.
  6. Synthesize the ethical and legal aspects of the therapeutic relationship to make ethical decisions.
    1. Differentiate the ethical and legal aspects of the therapeutic relationship.
    2. Apply ethical decision-making steps, using text-based and/or instructor's supplemental material.
  7. Integrate professional competence with guidelines for supervision and training in the human services field.
    1. Analyze case scenarios that demonstrate integration of professional competence and training with guidelines for supervision and training in the human services field.
    2. Complete and comprehend the Stewards of Children online training for awareness and education to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse
  8. Examine one’s own cultural perspectives by illustrating the importance of cultural differences between helpers and clients and the effects on helping relationships.
    1. Discuss how cultural differences regarding helping impact the helper-client relationship and interactions.
    2. Reflect one’s awareness of the impact of cultural differences upon the helping relationship.
  9. Apply effective modalities to work within a human services system to maintain and promote appropriate ethical standards and behaviors.
    1. Identify effective modalities to work within a human services system to maintain and promote appropriate ethical standards and behavior.
    2. Analyze case scenarios using a professional code of ethics, and distinguish between ethical and unethical responses within the scenarios.  Refer to one or more ethical standard, and provide rationale for one’s interpretation.
  10. Implement an experiential component that appraises of the relationship among real-life ethical attitudes and practices that impact on our human services community.
    1. Conduct an interview with a helping field professional, and determine ethical practices used by that professional and the agency.
    2. Appraise the ethical attitudes, qualities, and values that were presented during the interviews.
    3. Summarize the findings, and provide a rationale for conclusions.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

2 – 4 Exams (Summative) (Equally Weighted)

50%

Code of Ethics Analysis Paper (Summative)

20%

Formative Assignments (Journals, homework assignments, class participation activities, quizzes)

30%

TOTAL

100%

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Create and maintain effective and professional documents relevant to Human Services agencies.
  2. Interact ethically and professionally within the Human Services field.
  3. Apply information to identify client’s strengths, weaknesses, and resources to create a treatment plan.
  4. Provide effective client services at an entry level by utilizing professional Human Services principles and practices.
  5. Establish effective working relationships within the Human Services arena.
  6. Apply basic management and leadership skills in Human Services environments, including time management, organization, and the ability to follow directions.
  7. Utilize feedback to assess the effect of oneself on Human Services outcomes and make adjustments accordingly.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.