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[H R 5093] Intro to Graduate Studies - 491

Katie Rhode Allen

Course Description

Introduction to Graduate Studies in Human Relations

This course provides an introduction to and survey of the program of graduate study in Human Relations. The program provides research, knowledge, and skills to work with diverse individuals and to confront systemic inequities. The course is designed to familiarize students with the standards and expectations of multidisciplinary graduate coursework, particularly with regard to writing standards and research strategies and techniques. The course introduces students to what is required of practitioners engaged in promoting social change in individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Students will examine historical and theoretical perspectives related to the area of Human Relations.

Course Dates

DatesMay 1 - August 31, 2022
Last day to enroll or drop without penaltyApril 2, 2022

Site Director

This is a three-credit hour online course. Please see your local Site Director or email our online site coordinator at

Professor Contact Information

Course Professor:Dr. Katie Allen, LPC
Mailing Address:Physical Sciences Building, Room 702
Telephone Number:(405) 325-2402 HR (Office)
Professor availability:The professor will be available via email to students and other methods by arrangement.

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.

Materials posted on the OU Canvas learning management system: Access Canvas at, enter your OU NetID and password, and select course to access material. If you require assistance with Canvas, please click on the Help icon. You can search the Canvas guides, chat with Canvas support, or contact OU IT.

Contemporary Society : An Introduction to Social Science
Contemporary Society : An Introduction to Social Science
by Perry, John A., Perry, Erna K.
Published by Routledge
ISBN: 9781138100275
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
by American Psychological Association
Published by American Psychological Association
ISBN: 9781433832161

OU Email

All official correspondence from instructors will be sent only to students’ address.


Email Account and Canvas: Students are expected to check their OU email accounts and the course site on Canvas daily for updates from the instructor


Online Orientation

The College of Arts and Sciences offers an online orientation for students who are enrolled in online or blended courses. The purpose of the orientation is to ensure that students are well prepared both technically and practically to take online courses. The orientation can be found on their website at:

The College of Arts and Sciences Online and Academic Technology Services office is here to assist you with any questions, problems, or concerns you may have. For assistance visit their website at or contact them by telephone at: (405) 325-5854 or email:

Course Objectives

  • To understand major theoretical approaches to human relations
  • To become familiar with the historical foundations of the study of Human Relations
  • To develop communication competence, an understanding of graduate education standards, and the tools needed for graduate study including familiarity with the writing format described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition
  • To define human relations as a multidisciplinary field
  • To explain the relationship between the social sciences and diversity and inclusion and how this relationship informs the study of human relations
  • To apply the knowledge and skills gained in the MHR program to possible career opportunities in human relations.

Course Outline

Course Process:

This graduate course is entirely web-based, carried out primarily through Canvas. The course lends itself to web-based delivery, due to the richness and abundance of the printed and media materials, the nature of student assignments, and the focus on discussion. Students will be able to retrieve course materials, submit their entries to Canvas, both for discussion and instructor assessment, and respond to the postings of other students enrolled in this course. Dialogue and communication will be encouraged as a means of sharing knowledge and examining assumptions and beliefs. As instructor, I will post articles, class notes, links, and highlights onto the various forms of Canvas. Communication will occur through Canvas and its e-mail capability.

A Course Schedule will be prepared and posted on Canvas, outlining the expected progress of the Course and the weekly-related topics, activities, and assignments. (Please note that the schedule is provided as a guide for planning, but it is subject to change as the course progresses.) The instructor will provide guidelines to the weekly readings. The course will run week-to-week, Monday to Sunday, and, unless otherwise indicated, all weekly assignments (except those spanning more than a week) will be due on the Sunday midnight of the week in which they were assigned.

Assignments, Grading and Due Dates

A course calendar will be provided for you on Canvas. Due dates will follow the Course Schedule.

Before you begin your written assignments, carefully read the relevant sections in the APA Manual (6th ed.), or consult one of several online resources that provide APA guidelines. You are responsible for following all guidelines on these pages. To be acceptable, all written work must be grammatically and stylistically correct. Be sure to edit your written works carefully before submitting them.

Reading Assignments & Participation


You are expected to become knowledgeable of the course materials including the primary text, Contemporary society: An introduction to social science (13th ed.). Our focus will focus primarily on Chapters 1, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, and 18 (eight chapters). The topics included in the textbook are comprehensive and students will find the book useful for this academic course and beyond.

Participation & Discussions (10% of Total Grade):

Thoughtful reading, careful writing, and timely submissions are practices important to student success in this course. Graduate-level writing requires students to develop high-level skills and abilities in reading comprehension, critical thinking, and the synthesis of literature. Students must learn to appropriately represent and cite the work of others, and use research literature to support ideas, claims, and assertions. Demonstrations of these skills are also expected in other Master of Human Relations (MHR) courses and when writing the departmental Comprehensive Final (for MHR majors) near the completion of your program. Please review Human Relations Graduate Program Planner for details.

You are expected to post an introductory discussion post for the class. In addition, you are responsible for posting a discussion response to my prompts for each chapter (we will cover eight). These are to be a minimum of 12 complete sentences. You will also respond to a minimum of two peers’ discussion posts as well. Due dates for each discussion are provided on the course calendar.

Summary Paper (10% of Total Grade):

Represents 10% of the final grade - due date is in accordance with the class schedule.


“Human relations in its broadest sense covers all types of interactions among people—their conflicts, cooperative efforts, and group relationships. It is the study of why our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors sometimes cause relationship problems in our personal lives and in work-related situations. The study of human relations emphasizes the analysis of human behavior, prevention strategies, resolution of behavioral problems, and self-development” (Reece & Brandt, 2008, p. 4). Reece, B. L., & Brandt, R. (2008). Effective human relations: Personal and organizational applications. (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.

As stated in the OU-Human Relations Student Planner, human relations is a multi-disciplinary field, which draws on other academic disciplines, including the social sciences. Accordingly, the aim of the first paper is to provide students an opportunity to explore the field of social science as an introduction to the study of human relations. In Chapter One of the Perry and Perry text, the authors assert that the purpose of the social sciences is to examine methodically the range of human conditions and behaviors while employing an approach from the physical sciences (p. 2).


You are asked to provide a summary of Chapter One and include the following: a) an elaborated explanation of the fundamental differences between the social sciences and the natural sciences; b) a brief description of three of the social science disciplines listed in the chapter and the commonalities among them; c) a concise discussion about the issues, concepts, tools, and practices involved in studying the social world; and d) a detailed explanation describing how the social science field informs is directly related to the area of human relations. Use the definition of human relations (Reece & Brandt, 2008) provided above to assist in show the associations and connections between the field of social science and the area of human relations. This paper will be submitted to the appropriate dropbox on Canvas by the due date. Due dates will be provided on the class schedule on Canvas once the course begins.

Five Topical Papers (30% of Total Grade):

Papers are 10 % each, totaling 30% of the final grade. Each due date is in accordance with the class schedule. Choose three topics from those listed below, carry out research on this topic, and prepare a paper for each one. Each paper should be a minimum of five complete double-spaced pages. Your papers should draw on the Perry and Perry textbook and at least one other relevant reading (i.e., recent scholarly journal article, academic book--publications should fall within 2014 – Present). Please include a cover page with the topic you have selected. Papers should be in APA format. These papers will be submitted to the appropriate dropbox on Canvas by the due date. Due dates will be provided on the class schedule on Canvas once the course begins.

List of Topics related to Human Relations from which to choose:

·      Chapter 7: Social Stratification; Social mobility

·      Chapter 8: Race; Ethnicity

·      Chapter 9: Gender; Sexuality

·      Chapter 12: Marriage; Divorce

·      Chapter 13: Religion

·      Chapter 14: Education

·      Chapter 18: Economy

Chapter Quizzes (35% of Total Grade):

Quizzes are 7x5 = 35% of the final grade. Each due date is in accordance with the class schedule.

In this course, quizzes help to facilitate familiarity with and understanding of course terms, concepts, and theories related to the study of human relations. Quizzes may constitute a combination of matching terms to remember, fill in the blank questions, and multiple-choice questions. Students are expected to have read and studied assigned chapters prior to completing the associated quiz. Each quiz is timed, and students will not have enough time to search and find each answer. Additionally, students are expected to incorporate terms, concepts, and theories in course papers and group paper.

Group Project of Film Analysis (15% of Total Grade):

A Conversation with George Henderson:

Students will view the film, “A Conversation with Dr. George Henderson,” an OETA/PBS film that features the creator of the OU Human Relations program. Students are asked to examine the film in light of issues related to human relations as captured in the course materials including the Perry and Perry textbook (i.e., race, ethnicity, class, status, power, life chances, education) and to provide a brief analysis (6 full page minimum). Although it is essential that every member contribute to the project, one group member will be selected to post the final paper into the Dropbox. This assignment represents 15% of the final grade and is due according to the class schedule. Groups can communicate in person, via email, or the professor can provide a discussion forum for each group to communicate regarding these film analyses.

This paper will be submitted to the appropriate dropbox on Canvas by the due date. Due dates will be provided on the class schedule on Canvas once the course begins.


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


The last day to have all assignments in is August 31, 2022


Grading scale: A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, F=59% and below


The following explains my interpretation of each letter grade:

·      A = Superlative work. It reflects scholarship, depth, accuracy, and good grammar. Papers, critiques, and presentations receiving an A grade are well organized, cogently address almost all appropriate points, leave little in the way of questions unless purposely designed to stimulate questions. Work provides appropriate citations, and clearly addresses the stated objectives. Interpretation, analysis, and synthesis flow clearly from the information base.

·      B = Above average work. It reflects sound scholarship but may contain a few distracting presentation and process errors such as grammatical mistakes, spelling errors and lack of clarity. Interpretation may be challenged; analysis and synthesis may be criticized easily.

·      C = Average work. The work reflects marginal scholarship. It contains frequent grammatical mistakes and spelling errors. Objectives are not clear, sentence structure may be flawed and incoherent, citations are inadequate, interpretation is questionable, and analysis is weak.


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.


Criteria for Evaluation of Writing Assignments


Grading papers requires my subjective evaluation. Unlike true/false, multiple-choice or any other kind of objective examinations, no one right-or-wrong response exists. Instead, a variety of responses are possible, varying only in that some are better responses than others. When writing your papers, please consider the following:


·      Introduction: Paper includes an APA style title page, communicates the purpose or focus of the paper, and presents a strong overview or forecast of the paper.

·      Focusing & Sequencing: Paper only includes materials that are clearly related to subtopic and main topic evidences strong organization and integration of material within subtopics. Paper demonstrates strong transitions, linking subtopics and main topic.

·      Support: Paper constitutes peer-reviewed research-based support of the topic.

·      Discussion: Paper thoroughly assesses and evaluates the topic of discussion and exhibits thorough explanations, examples, and illustrations relevant to the topic.

·      Conclusion: Paper provides a strong review of key conclusions and returns to the purpose or focus of the paper. It includes an insightful summary of the researched material on the topic.

·      Grammar & Mechanics: Paper is free of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors.

·      APA Style: Paper is free of errors in APA style and is written in a scholarly style. Writing is organized, flows well, and easy to follow.

·      References & Citations: Paper includes a reference page and both references and citations are correctly written and presented.


Your paper should be formatted according to APA 7th edition guidelines. This includes properly formatted title and reference pages. Paper should be written in Times New Roman, 12-inch font, double- spaced.


Note on plagiarism:

Be aware that student papers when put in the Dropbox are automatically submitted to, a plagiarism database that scans your paper and adds it to the database to be used for future searches. The scan gives a percentage for how much of a paper is found in other sources and gives links to those other sources as evidence. Please cite and paraphrase your material appropriately (see APA

Publication Manual, 6th ed.).

Assignment Due Date Percent of Grade
Discussion/Participation According to Class Schedule 10%
Summary Paper According to Class Schedule 10%
Five Topic Papers According to Class Schedule 30%
Seven Chapter Quizzes According to Class Schedule 35%
Group Project of Film Analysis According to Class Schedule 15%

Attendance Policy

In addition to interaction via Canvas and email contact, students are required to contact the instructor via email or telephone before the beginning of the course term for an initial briefing. Although physical class meetings are not part of this course, participation in all interactive, learning activities is required.     

Student assignments and student/instructor communications will be conducted via Canvas, although students may contact the instructor via telephone, postal mail, email, or fax as needed.

Policy on Late Assignments

Please contact the professor regarding his/her policy for late work.

Incomplete Grade Policy

A grade of “I” is not automatically assigned, but rather must be requested by the student by submitting to the instructor a “Petition for and Work to Remove an Incompleted Grade” form. An “I” can never be used in lieu of an “F” nor can an “I” be assigned because of excessive failure to participate in class activities.

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 the material.


Procedures for Completion of Course Evaluation: 

Upon completion of the course students should go to the Advanced Programs Online Learning Information webpage and click on the applicable semester link under “Online Course Evaluation” which will direct them to the evaluation.  The evaluation will take approximately five minutes to complete.  Completion of the online evaluation is an important tool allowing Advanced Programs to gain information and student feedback for improvement of courses.

Your responses will be kept confidential.  They will be reviewed by the department and only supplied to the professor once grades for the course have been submitted.


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

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:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

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


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.

Religious Holidays

It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without a penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays, without penalty.


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.


Katie R. Allen, PhD, LPC-S

·      2010    PhD: Counselor Education, Texas Tech University

·      2006    M.A.: Humanities; Duke University

·      2004    B.A.: Double Major: Psychology and Philosophy, Texas Tech University

Current Positions

·      Assistant Professor, Department of Human Relations (since 2013)

·      CMHC Program Coordinator (since 2020)

·      Advanced Programs Professor (since 2014)

·      Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Oklahoma (since 2012)

·      Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, State of Oklahoma (since 2014)

·      Past Clinical Director & Therapist, Cedar Ridge Psychiatric Hospital & Residential Treatment Center, (May 2011 – August 2013)

Frequently Taught Extended Campus (Advanced Programs) Courses

·      HR 5100: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

·      HR 5563: Career Counseling

·      HR 5533: Counseling Approaches

·      HR 5093: Introduction to Graduate Studies

Major Areas of Teaching and Research Interest

·      Counseling implications for at-risk children and adolescents; Mental Health Issues of Gifted Children and Youth; Ethical issues related to counselors; Career counseling implications and interventions; Anxiety and academic performance; Anxiety and Intelligence.

Representative Publications and Presentations

·      Allen, K. R., Bradley, L. (2015). Career counseling with juvenile offenders: Effects on self- efficacy and career maturity. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 36, 28 - 42.

·      Allen, K., & Bradley, L. Career Counseling with Juvenile Offenders: Effects on Self-Efficacy and Career Maturity. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2015 American Counseling Association Conference in Orlando, FL.

·      Allen, K. Career Counseling Implications for Juvenile Offenders. Presented at the 2014 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium in Tulsa, OK.

·      Bradley, L., Hendricks, R., Whiting, P., & Rhode, K. (2010). Overview of counselor supervision. In L. Bradley & N. Ladaney (Eds.), Counselor supervision: Principles, process and practice (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Taylor and Frances.

·      Rhode, K. (2008). “Serving Gifted Learners beyond the traditional classroom: A guide to alternative programs and services,” VanTassel-Baska, J. L. (Ed.). (2007), Roeper Review, 30, 70

– 71.

·      Rhode, K. Career Interests of Juvenile Offenders: Where Intervention Should Begin. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2012 American Counseling association Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

·      Rhode, K. The Effect of Career Counseling on the Self-Efficacy and Career Maturity of Residential Juvenile Offenders. Presented at the 2011 American Counseling Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

·      Berg, R., Rhode, K., Hennington, C., Johnston, G., & Merriman, J. (2010). Interventions Addressing Self Harm for Children and Adolescents in State Custody. Presented at the 2010 American Counseling Association Annual Conference in Pittsburg, PA.

Major Professional Affiliations

·      American Counseling Association

·      Oklahoma Counseling Association

·      Leadership Oklahoma : Loyal Class VII