Introduction to Human Relations Studies.
Introduction to Human Relations Studies
George Henderson & Wesley C. Long
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704
9780398091217, $62.95, PB, 364pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In "Introduction to Human Relations Studies: Academic Foundations and Selected Social Justice Issues", authors George Henderson and Wesley C. Long draw upon their personal experience and expertise as professors of human relations and community activists at the University of Oklahoma, and their participation in the largest degree-granting human relations program in the United States.
The specific objectives of "Introduction to Human Relations Studies" are to prepare students to work for the provision of equal opportunities for minority groups and women, develop skills pertaining to leadership, communication, group and organizational behaviors by the analysis of behavioral science data, and to function responsibly in situations where conflict and tension call for coordination of interpersonal, intergroup and organization efforts.
The programs discussed in "Introduction to Human Relations Studies" were specifically designed to provide participants with opportunities to gain self-insight, knowledge of moral and ethical codes of behaviors as well as group dynamics, communication skills, and cognitive tools used to diagnose problems and select the appropriate strategies for change.
Unique features of "Introduction to Human Relations Studies" include: historical and current human relations problems and strategies; interdisciplinary approaches to the creation and development of human relations programs; an educational approach to the ways of supplementing and complementing relevant issues; emphasis on social justice and equity; and the similarities and differences among and between culturally different people.
Several of the articles and essays comprising "Introduction to Human Relations Studies" illustrate a few of the issues that concerned professional helpers may be involved in are included. Special attention is given to the consequences of unequal educational, economic, political, and social opportunities for some of our nation's citizens.
Critique: Informed and informative, "Introduction to Human Relations Studies: Academic Foundations and Selected Social Justice Issues" is a complete course of instruction and will prove to be an invaluable tool for students who are enrolled in their first courses pertaining to professional helpers, teachers, licensed therapists, counselors, business managers, human service practitioners, and community organizers. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Introduction to Human Relations Studies" is unreservedly recommended for college and university library Interpersonal Relations collection and supplemental studies reading lists.