Human Development Course List
Basic concepts related to normal human development. Emphasis on developmental theories and principles of physical, social, and emotional growth, development, and behavior of children, individually and within families and cultures, from conception through adolescence. Designed as a general survey course for majors and non-majors.
Introduction to concepts related to physical, intellectual, cognitive, and emotional disability, with a focus on disability as a social construct and lived experiences of people with disabilities across the lifespan. Exploration of texts, videos, and other created artifacts to evaluate concepts and models of disability.
Introduction to adult development and aging (gerontology). Basic concepts, principles, and issues of development across the adult years. Pre: 1004.
Theories of integrative (mind-body) health and wellbeing. Examination of multi-dimensional factors (e.g., stress, personality, relationships, & social environment) influencing health across the lifespan. Engagement in evidence-based, therapeutic and preventative practices for promoting health and managing chronic conditions. (3H, 3C)
Overview of basic concepts, principles, theories, and issues of development and change in family relationships. Topics include families in historical and contextual perspective, structural and relational diversity in families, and processes of relational development, maintenance, and dissolution in families.
Explores the diversity of human sexuality using global perspectives. Biological, historical, developmental, psychological, sociological and self-reflexive approaches. Interdisciplinary examination of the social constructions of sexuality and gender; the historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives and research on sex; the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and nationality in shaping sexuality and family formation; the international commercialization of sex; the impact of violence and sexual coercion; the debates surrounding sexual ethics, unintended pregnancy, sex education, and biotechnology; the application of the scientific method, study designs, and methods of observation; the promotion of sexual and reproductive health across the lifespan; and the development of sexual practices, rituals, mythologies, belief systems and other cultural contexts for sexuality across time and around the world.
2335: Basic concepts, techniques, and structure of the human services profession. Survey of client/family assessment and problem management.
2336: Advanced topics in human services focusing on: case management, crisis intervention, program administration, specialized interventions, ethics, and professional development. Pre 1004 for 2335; 2335 for 2336.
Critical thinking and problem-solving involved in applying methods of scientific inquiry to the field of human development. Topics include methods of data collection, basic methods for displaying and analyzing data, and writing reports. Pre: 2004, 2304, STAT 3604.
Seminar which investigates selected contemporary issues in adulthood and old age, such as family and friend relationships; work and retirement; political, legal, and economic issues; and women's concerns.
Emphasizes legal, ethical, and economic bases, assessment and eligibility requirements, characteristics and educational implications, and practices pertaining to various exceptionalities.
Theories, principles, normal patterns of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development from conception to the early school years. Micro and macro environmental influences on development are considered as they interact with genetic/biological determinants of development. Pre: 1004.
Theories, principles, normal patterns of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development from middle childhoood to adolescence. Micro and macro environmental influences on development are considered as they interact with genetic/biological determinants of development. Pre: 1004.
Health and human service programs serving children, youth, older adults, and families. Overview of community programs for individuals and families over the lifespan; methods of determining service eligibility; procedures for maintaining quality assurance. Pre: 1004, 2304, 2004.
Helping skills used in human services settings. Case management, evaluating crisis situations, and approaches to individual and family assessment. Pre: 2335, 2336.
Exploring the concept of community in Appalachia using an interdisciplinary approach and experiential learning. Interrelationships among geographically, culturally, and socially constitituted communities, public policy, and human development. Pre: Junior standing.
Issues, function, and responsibilities involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating family and human services programs. Pre: 3234 or 3114.
Investigation of challenges, stresses, and crises experienced by individuals and families; protective factors and resilience, coping strategies; prevention and intervention; public policies. Pre: 2304.
Intra-personal and inter-personal dimensions of compulsive-addictive patterns manifested in the context of the family system. Reciprocal interaction between families and other systems. Junior standing required. Pre: 2304 or 2314.
Theoretical and substantive Issues that relate to the development and implementatino of family policies. Implications of political culture and camily legislation for the well-being of children and their families. Pre: 1004, 2004, 2304, 2335, 2336.
Examination of the changing character of individual and family diversity, as related to the intersections among gender, race, class, sexuality, age, and ability. Junior standing required. Pre: 2304.
Intensive learning experiences in critical thinking and analysis. Opportunities to demonstrate breadth of learning while developing leadership skills and honing professional competencies. Topics include leadership and team development, problem solving, grant writing, program evaluation, and electronic portfolios. Senior standing in Human Development required.
Pre: 1004, 2004, 2335, 2336.