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Spring 2022 Advanced Programs - Advanced Programs Face to Face or Virtual - Human Relations

[H R 5093] Intro to Graduate Studies - 220

Anthony Natale

Course Description

Introduction to Graduate Studies In Human Relations

This course provides an introduction to and survey of the Program of Graduate Studies in Human Relations. It is designed to familiarize students with the standards and expectations of multidisciplinary graduate coursework, particularly regarding writing standards and research methods. Additionally, it provides an awareness of the history, theoretical basis, and career opportunities in human relations-oriented organizations. The course introduces students to what is required of practitioners engaged in promoting change in individuals, families, small groups, communities, and organizations. Students will gain practical knowledge of human interactions, diversity, change strategies, communication processes, service, the dynamics of groups and team building, leadership skills, and social justice issues. The format for this class includes lectures, group discussions, and written assignments. Dialogue and communication will be encouraged as a means of sharing knowledge and examining assumptions and beliefs.

Class Dates, Format, Location and Hours

Dates:February 1-6, 2022
Format:Virtual. Course to take place via Zoom and Canvas
Location for on-site courses:Community Service Building, Bldg. 3293, 2nd Deck
Navy College Office Conference Room
Naval Station Rota, Spain
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 6:00-9:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Last day to enroll or drop without penalty: January 3, 2022

Site Director

NameMr. Fred Cookerly
Office address/locationCommunity Service Building, Bldg. 3293, 2nd Deck, Room A137, Naval Station Rota, Spain 
Office hoursMonday- Thursday- 0900-1530
DSN and CIV phoneDSN: 727-2799  or  CIV: 34-956822799

Professor Contact Information

Course Professor:Anthony P. Natale, MSW, PhD
Mailing Address:Anne and Henry Zarrow Hall, 312
Norman, OK 73019
Telephone Number:(405) 325-1408
Professor availability:The professor will be available via e-mail to students and after the class sessions.

Textbook(s) and Instructional Materials

Student materials are available at the OU Bookstore Website at The website has book selling, renting, buying, returning, and order tracking capabilities. If you need help with an order, or if you have any questions contact the toll-free phone at 1-(855)-790-6637, agents are available from 9a – 5p (EST) Monday – Friday. Text prices are available online.

Transitions (40th Anniversary) : Making Sense of Life's Changes
Transitions (40th Anniversary) : Making Sense of Life's Changes
by Bridges, William, Bridges, William
Published by Da Capo Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780738285405
Effective Human Relations : Interpersonal And Organizational Applications
Effective Human Relations : Interpersonal And Organizational Applications
Published by Cengage
ISBN: 9781305576162

Course Objectives

Course Prerequisite: graduate standing, majors only, or permission of instructor.

Course Objectives:

·     Know the major theoretical approaches to human relations

·     Appreciate human relations as an art, sciences, and a multidisciplinary field

·     Identify issues that impede or facilitate positive human relations

·     Develop communication competence, an understanding of graduate education standards, and the tools needed for graduate study

·     Know the historical foundations of human relations

·     Gain an understanding of diversity as a foundation of social justice

·     Understand the concept of a service orientation to the human relations profession.

·     Apply the knowledge and skills gained in the program to possible career opportunities in human relations.

Course Outline

Assignments, Grading and Due Dates

All course assignments are submitted electronically to the course website.

1. Work Behavior Analysis (4 pages)

In Chapter 1 of the Reece text, beginning on page 9, the author outlines the “Major Forces Influencing Worker Behavior.” Among the forces included are Organizational Culture, Supervisory-Management Influence, Work Group Influence, Job Influence, Personal Characteristics, and Family Influence. Be sure to use section headings to differentiate the different parts of your paper.

You are asked to:

1.     Briefly define each of the dimensions identified in the schema and described in the Chapter

2.     Using the schema on page 9, Figure 1.2, prepare an analysis of your present work setting or one in which you have worked or studied in the past.

  •         In other words, consider how each of the ‘forces’ present themselves and affect your work setting

3.     Conclude by noting where the strengths and weaknesses lie with regard to the ‘forces’ in your organization.

2. Personal Change Analysis (6 pages)

Completion of this assignment requires that the student complete reading the entire Transitions text before the start of the course. In the book, Transitions, William Bridges outlines the processes of undergoing changes in our life. He outlines and describes the phases of transition: the Ending Phase, the Neutral Zone, and the New Beginning. You have the opportunity to revisit an event of personal change (or the change that you have observe in someone else) and to explore its process, using the phases in Bridges text, as well as other materials that are relevant. Be sure to outline the phases and concepts from the text that you are using; in other words, assume that the reader has not read the text. Be sure to use section headings to differentiate the different parts of your paper.

Your paper should include the following:

1.     An overview of the phases of transition that Bridges outlines in the text

2.     A description of the your own or another’s transition process

3.     An analysis that examines how the phases fit (or not) with your personal experience or observation of change

4.     Your ideas for how you or others can be most helpful for those going through personal change of the sort Bridges addresses.

a.      In other words, how does the assignment advance your understanding of change?

3. Human Relations Autobiography (12-15 pages)

An Autobiography in Five Chapters: Imagine that a publisher has offered to publish your autobiography, and has asked for five chapters of your life as a learner or as an educator. Write an autobiography in which you recall features of your life that has led to your studies of human relations and interest in this field.

Prepare an outline of these five chapters and then write the chapters, allowing approximately two to three pages for each chapter. Make an effort to include both descriptive and reflective dimensions (that is, to move beyond mere description of events and consider their significance or meaning. Often this reflection comes naturally in the last chapter). 

An outline identifying the five chapters and the autobiography title should be presented to the instructor on the last day of class and prior to writing. 

To help guide you, this is a sample (example only) of one student’s Autobiography and Chapter titles:

Autobiography: Through My Goggles

Chapter 1: The Shaping of a Mind

Chapter 2: Fitting In

Chapter 3: Critical Exploration: The Turning Point

Chapter 4: Resolution

Chapter 5: Where to Now?

4. Participation Score

Students are asked to evaluate their participation at the end of the course relative to preparedness, engagement and professional conduct during the course. Please complete participation evaluation and upload to class website.


This is a letter-graded course: A, B, C, D, or F.

Written assignments and class participation. The course is evaluated formally using the University of Oklahoma student evaluation of courses format.

Breakdown of Class Grading

100-91 = A, 90-81 = B, 80-71 = C, 70 = D, 69 and Below = F

Assignment Due Date Percent of Grade
1.   Work Behavior Analysis 2/1 25%
2.   Personal Change Analysis 2/1 25%
3.   Auto-Biography 2/16 40%
4.   Participation 2/7 10%

Attendance Policy

Attendance: Excused absences are defined in your student codebook. Outside of the exceptions in the codebook, you are expected to attend every class session. The lecture material and discussions are central to your learning. More than 6 hours of absence for the entire course will result in a reduction of your overall grade by 10 percent. If you miss between 7-9 hours, you will be responsible for completing a 10-page make-up assignment reflecting on the assigned readings for the missed class session. If you miss more than 9 hours of course in any semester, you will be asked to drop the course or alternatively receive a failing gradeYou are responsible for all course information presented and/or materials passed out regardless of an absence. Be sure to contact a few students for updates. 

·     WARNING! Attendance is not a passive element of this course. To be counted as receiving full attendance points you MUST be actively engaged in the happenings of the course, participating in activities and dialogues. There are no exceptions. You will be actively working in long-term and short-term groups with your peers.

Inclement weather: If the university is closed for an extended period due to inclement weather, I will communicate with students about alternate arrangements. If all courses for an entire week are cancelled, I may decide to postpone the assignments. However, unless you are notified otherwise, please assume that assignments will be due as scheduled even if the university is closed.

Class Distractions: Electronic devices that distract the class by beeping, ringing, or prompting a student to leave the classroom must be turned to silent during class time. Other contacts can be made during the regular class break times. Students who do not adhere to this rule during class will be asked to leave and incur an absence upon a second warning. Refrain from non-class related activity - Reading during lecture or class activities, working on non-class material, texting, holding side conversations, sleeping (either sitting up or head down), and/or excessive doodling are examples of unaccepted classroom behavior.

In addition to your attendance, your professional presence is required for each class session. This means that you should come prepared to engage in and foster professional dialogue having read content relevant to the course. Refrain from cross-talking. Return from breaks punctually.

Academic Conduct: Each student should acquaint him or herself with the University’s codes, policies, and procedures involving academic misconduct, grievances, sexual and ethnic harassment and discrimination based on physical handicap. This information can be obtained at .

Statement of Reasonable Accommodation: The University of Oklahoma is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for all students with disabilities. Any student in this course who has a disability that may prevent him or her from fully demonstrating his or her abilities should contact me personally as soon as possible so we can discuss accommodations necessary to ensure full participation and facilitate your educational opportunities. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations in this course. The Office of Disability Services is located in Goddard Health Center, Suite 166, phone 405-325-3852 or TDD only 405-325-4173. For more information please see the Disability Resource Center website


Provost-Approved University Activities and Religious Observances: It is university policy “to excuse student absences that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays.” Therefore, a make-up exam will be given when it falls on a practiced religious holiday and/or for religious observances and “Provost- approved University-sponsored activities such as scholarly competition, fine arts performances...” and legally required activities, such as emergency military service and jury duty... (Student Codebook, p. 26)

Civility/Inclusivity Statement: We understand our members represent a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Human Relations Department is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. While working together to build this community we ask all members to:

  • share their unique experiences, values and beliefs
  • be open to the views of others
  • honor the uniqueness of their colleagues
  • appreciate the opportunity we have to learn from each other in this community
  • value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner
  • keep confidential discussions the community has of a personal (or professional) nature
  • use this opportunity together to discuss ways in which we can create an inclusive environment in this course and across the University of Oklahoma community.


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Statement: (HIPAA) In line with the new HIPAA regulations concerning protected health information, it is important that you understand that any client information that you share, either verbally or written, will need to be de-identified. This means that any information that would allow another to identify the person needs to be changed or eliminated. This includes obvious things like names and birth dates, but may also contain other information that is so unique to the person that it could allow for identification, including, but not limited to diagnosis, race/ethnicity, or gender. If diagnosis, race/ethnicity, or gender is directly related to the case presentation, it can be included if it will not allow for identification.

Academic Integrity

Honesty is a fundamental precept in all-academic activities, and you have a special obligation to observe the highest standards of honesty.

Academic misconduct includes:


1.     Cheating (using unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in an academic exercise, plagiarism, falsification of records, unauthorized possession of examinations, intimidation, and any and all other actions that may improperly affect the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement);

2.     Plagiarism which is the representation of the words or ideas of another as one’s own, including: (a) direct quotations without both attribution and indication that the material is being directly quoted, e.g., quotation marks; (b) paraphrase without attribution; (c) paraphrase with or without attribution where the wording of the original remains substantially intact and is represented as the author’s own; and (4) expression in one’s own words, but without attribution, or ideas, arguments, lines or reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the general fund of common academic knowledge.

3.     Assisting others with any such act.

4.     Attempting to engage in such acts.


Penalties are listed in the Academic Code. For further information on academic misconduct please refer to the following link: 


All acts of academic misconduct will be reported and adjudicated as prescribed by the Academic Misconduct Code at the University of Oklahoma.

To be successful in this class, all work on exams and quizzes must be yours and yours alone. You may not receive outside help. On examinations and quizzes you will never be permitted to use your notes, textbooks, calculators, or any other study aids. Should you see someone else engaging in this behavior, I encourage you to report it to myself or directly to the Office of Academic Integrity Programs. That student is devaluing not only their degree, but yours, too. Be aware that it is my professional obligation to report academic misconduct, which I will not hesitate to do. Sanctions for academic misconduct can include expulsion from the University and an F in this course, so don’t cheat. It’s simply not worth it.

Statement about the MHR Program Planner and Human Relations Website

Students should become familiar with the MHR Program Planner that was sent to each student upon admission into the program. The planner has a description of the HR program objectives and requirements, suggestions for graduate study, financial assistance, and graduation information. Of particular interest is the information on the comprehensive exams and the internship. For further information please visit the Department of Human Relations Website at:


Technical Support Information:

If you experience technical problems, contact Information Technology by visiting their website at: or contacting them by telephone at: (405) 325-HELP (4357).


Materials posted on the OU CANVAS system:

Access CANVAS at; enter your OU NetID (4+4) and password, and select course to access material. Please contact your local the IT Help desk at 405-325-HELP if you require assistance. IT is available 24/7



Any and all course materials, syllabus, lessons, lectures, etc. are the property of professor teaching the course and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and are protected under applicable copyright.

Incomplete Grade Policy

Notice: Failure to meet assignment due dates could result in a grade of I (Incomplete) and may adversely impact Tuition Assistance and/or Financial Aid.


Attendance/Grade Policy

Attendance and participation in interaction, individual assignments, group exercises, simulations, role playing, etc. are valuable aspects of any course because much of the learning comes from discussions in class with other students. It is expected that you attend all classes and be on time except for excused emergencies.

Excused absences are given for professor mandated activities or legally required activities such as emergencies or military assignments. It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays. Unavoidable personal emergencies, including (but not limited to) serious illness; delays in getting to class because of accidents, etc.; deaths and funerals, and hazardous road conditions will be excused.

If you are obtaining financial assistance (TA, STAP, FA, VA, Scholarship, etc.) to pay all or part of your tuition cost, you must follow your funding agency/institution’s policy regarding “I” (Incomplete) grades unless the timeline is longer than what the University policy allows then you must adhere to the University policy. Students who receive Financial Aid must resolve/complete any “I” (Incomplete) grades by the end of the term or he/she may be placed on “financial aid probation.” If the “I” grade is not resolved/completed by the end of the following term, the student’s Financial Aid may be suspended make the student ineligible for further Financial Aid.

Students are responsible for meeting the guidelines of Tuition Assistance and Veterans Assistance. See the education counselor at your local education center for a complete description of your TA or VA requirements.

OU faculty will submit grades online through ONE not later than 30 days after the course end date. Course end dates are approximately one calendar month after the final seminar date on this syllabus and are provided on the official scheduling website for reference.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct 

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Academic assignments exist to help students learn; grades exist to show how fully this goal is attained. Therefore all work and all grades should result from the student's own understanding and effort.

Academic misconduct is any act which improperly affects the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement. Misconduct occurs when the student either knows or reasonably should know that the act constitutes misconduct. Academic misconduct includes: cheating and using unauthorized materials on examinations and other assignments; improper collaboration, submitting the same assignment for different classes (self-plagiarism); fabrication, forgery, alteration of documents, lying, etc…in order to obtain an academic advantage; assisting others in academic misconduct; attempting to commit academic misconduct; destruction of property, hacking, etc…; intimidation and interference with integrity process; and plagiarism. All students should review the Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity at 

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. All students should review policies regarding student conduct at 

Accommodation Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making its activities as accessible as possible. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact your local OU Site Director.

Adjustment for Pregnancy/Childbirth-Related Issues

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact the professor as soon as possible to discuss. Generally, modifications will be made where medically necessary and similar in scope to accommodations based on temporary disability. Please see

Title IX Resources

For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the University offers a variety of resources, including advocates on-call 24/7, counseling services, mutual no-contact orders, scheduling adjustments, and disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrator. Please contact the Sexual Misconduct Office at or (405) 325-2215 (8-5), or the Sexual Assault Response Team at (405) 615 -0013 (24/7) to report an incident. To learn more about Title IX, please visit the Institutional Equity Office’s website at 

Course Policies

Extended Campus (also and formerly known as Advanced Programs) policy is to order books in paperback if available. Courses, dates, and professors are subject to change. Please check with your OU Site Director. Students should retain a copy of any assignments that are e/mailed to the professor for the course. Neither duplicating services nor office supplies are provided.

Any and all course materials, syllabus, lessons, lectures, etc. are the property of professor teaching the course and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and are protected under applicable copyright.

For more information about OU Extended Campus, visit our website at:

Statement on Respect

The classroom should provide a safe learning environment where students can express their views without fear of reprisal. That freedom of expression must be balanced by demonstrated respect for other’s viewpoints and appropriate and reasonable sensitivity, especially within the context of scholarly disagreement.  Disrespectful or uncivil dialogue (including, but not limited to, personal attacks, insults, or harassment) will not be tolerated.

Recording Devices/Phones/Computers

It is important for students to be fully present during class to fully benefit from lectures, discussions, and experiential assignments. Class sessions may not be tape-recorded. All telephones and pagers should be turned off or placed on silent mode. Computers may not be used during class. Students who require an exception to this policy should discuss exceptional circumstances with the professor.


Anthony P. Natale, MSW, PhD


·        Bachelor of Social Science, Washington State University

·        Master of Social Work, Portland State University

·        Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work, University of Denver

Current Positions

•        Associate Professor - Anne and Henry School of Social Work 2005-present

•        Advanced Programs Professor 2007-present

Frequently Taught Extended Campus (Advanced Programs) Courses

·        SWK 5313 Social Welfare Policy

·        HR 5113- Cultural Diversity in Human Relations

·        HR 5013- Introduction to Graduate Studies in Human Relations

Major Areas of Teaching and Research Interest

•        Administration and Community Practice

•        Social Policy

•        Lifespan Development 

•        HIV/AIDS

•        Human Diversity and Oppression

Representative Publications and Presentations

McLeod, D.A., Havig, K., Natale, A.P., & Pharris, A.B. (2020). Intimate partner violence: Innovations in theory inform clinical practice, policy, and research. Social Sciences.

Havig, K. Pharris, A.B., McLeod, D.A., Natale, A.P., and Miller-Cribbs, J.E. (2020). Assessing new child welfare worker competency through social simulation with standardized client: Rubric development and pilot testing. Journal of Public Child Welfare.

Pharris, A., & Natale, A.P. (2019). U.S. Political Culture in the Policy Classroom: Social work teaching methods and activity. Social Work Education, The International Journal, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2019.1691986

Messinger, L., Natale, A.P., Dentato, M.P., Craig, S.L. (2019). Conflict in field: LGBTQ social work students’ stories of identity management, discrimination, and practice. Journal of Social Work Education. DOI:10.1080/10437797.2019.1661912

Knochel, A.K., Saltzburg, S., Rassi, S. & Natale, A. P. (2017). Transgender in the Academy: A case of multi-level innovations for Social Work Education. International Journal of Innovations in Education (4) 1, 1-15.

Natale, A, Scheyett, A., Biswas, B. & Urada, L. (2015). HIV/AIDS: a case study for social work and other allied health educators. International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies (6) 3, 199-211.

McLeod, D. A., Natale, A. P., & Johnson, Z. R. (2015). Comparing Theoretical Perspectives on Female Sexual Offending Behaviors: Applying a Trauma-Informed Lens. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 25(8), 934-947.

Representative Honors and Awards Received

  • 2005 Faculty Member of the Year; University of Denver
  • 2016 Social Work Hall of Fame for Excellence in Instruction; Anne and Henry School of Social Work, University of Oklahoma
  • 2017 Undergraduate Faculty Member of the Year; Anne and Henry School of Social Work, University of Oklahoma
  • 2010, 2011, 2018, 2020 Graduate Faculty Member of the Year; Anne and Henry School of Social Work, University of Oklahoma
  • 2019 University of Oklahoma Regents Award for Superior Teaching