Introductory Fieldwork / Advanced Fieldwork – HUSR 210 / 211

Catalog Course Description

This course offers students the opportunity to work and learn in a human services agency. Students will document 125 hours of supervised field study per semester and will attend one lecture per week.

Course Description:

Human Services Fieldwork classes (Introduction and Advanced) offer opportunities for students to develop a personal understanding of service learning through active participation in a community-based human service agency. Through practical experience, and critical self-reflections, you will be able to apply academic knowledge and skills to the “real” world while also being able to explore career interests and develop networking relationships. Students will also be able to develop a sensitivity and compassion for diverse social groups.

HUSR 210 / 211 gives an opportunity to work, volunteer or paid, at a human services agency.  There are thousands of acceptable agencies to choose from in the Orange County / Greater Long Beach Metropolitan area.


Learning experiences will consist of on-site work at a human services agency, assigned readings, lectures, class discussions, videos and student presentations

Evidence of Learning Objectives and Class Assignments

Class Attendance: 100 points ** INTRODUCTION TO FIELDWORK (HUSR 210) & ADVANCED FIELDWORK (HUSR 211) **

Class attendance is an important part of course curriculum. In an effort to encourage consistent class attendance 5.56 points will be awarded for each class session attended. A total of 100 points will be available in this section. Any student missing three (3) classes in a row will be dropped from the class. Any student missing three classes without notifying the instructor of the “good” reason (from the instructor’s perspective) for the absences may be dropped.


Students are to write a resume that lists their qualifications and talents. Feel free to use the blank MS Work form on myGateway or a template that is available in most word processing programs on readily available on the web. See the outline that follows later in this syllabus.

Fieldwork Site Presentation: 50 points  ** INTRODUCTION TO FIELDWORK (HUSR 210) & ADVANCED FIELDWORK (HUSR 211) **

Each student will be required to complete a Fieldwork Site presentation. The student will present their site in a five-minute class presentation. Site presentations may be done in pairs. This class presentation will be worth a maximum of 50 points. Please use the outline that follows in this syllabus. There will be a 10% Late Penalty, no exceptions. There is no guarantee that there will be an opportunity to present late. Schedule accordingly.

Fieldwork Forms: 100 points ** INTRODUCTION TO FIELDWORK (HUSR 210) & ADVANCED FIELDWORK (HUSR 211) **

The following Fieldwork Forms must be turned in for credit during the course of the semester. Fieldwork Learning Contract – 25 points, Fieldwork Site Information Form – 25 points, Student Evaluation of Fieldwork Agency and Supervisor – 25 points, Agency Evaluation of Fieldwork Student – 25 points, Fieldwork Hours Log Form (this form tells your instructor that you actually worked your  hours). Please note the due dates for these forms vary and see the class calendar for the specific due date for each form.


This paper is worth 100 points. Once per week you are to make an entry in your internship journal that describes some significant event (s) at your fieldwork site. Please use the outline in the syllabus.

Service Hours: 250 points ** INTRODUCTION TO FIELDWORK (HUSR 210) & ADVANCED FIELDWORK (HUSR 211) **

Students are required to work a minimum of 125 hours of service at their fieldwork site.  Students who do not log at least 125 hours will receive an “F” in the class. Students will receive two points for each hour worked. Students must track their hours using the Fieldwork Hours Log Form that follows in the syllabus. Prior to being turned in on the final class session the Fieldwork Hours Log Form must be signed off by the agency supervisor. In addition the Fieldwork Student Evaluation Form and the Fieldwork Site Evaluation Form must be turned in for class credit.

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.

      —Theodore Roosevelt