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Human Development and Family Studies (HDF)

Chairperson: Professor Adams

180 Personal and Career Development in Human Services (1)

Exploration of skills and interests related to career development. Seminar for human service career opportunities. Understanding of short- and long-term goal process emphasized. (Seminar) HDF students only.

190 First Year Leaders Inspired to Excellence (2)

Leadership development course focusing on leadership theories, personal and academic adjustment issues, civic leadership and community service, and basic communication skills. Core requirement for the minor in leadership studies. (Lec. 2) Pre: concurrent enrollment in URI 101.

200 Life Span Development I (3)

Physical, social, cognitive, and emotional growth and development of young children within the family and varied cultural settings. Review of contemporary issues and their relevance for social policy. (Lec. 3)

201 Life Span Development II (3)

Physical, social, cognitive, and emotional growth and development from adolescence to senescence. Attention to varied cultural settings and relevant social policy. (Lec. 3)

202 Research Perspectives in Human Development and Family Studies (3)

Introduction to research processes in human development and family studies. Emphasis on reading and evaluating the research literature and preparing and presenting literature reviews. (Lec. 3) Pre: admission to the human development and family studies program.

203 Introduction to Work with Children (4)

Theory and practice in care, teaching, and guidance of preschool children. Lectures, discussion, and participation in a field setting for three hours a week. (Lec. 3, Lab. 3) Pre: 200 or PSY 232.

205 Family Financial Issues Across the Life Span (3)

Introduction to financial issues faced by families and individuals at each stage of the life cycle from different income levels, family types, and cultural backgrounds. (Lec. 3),

210 Family Resource Management (3)

Interaction of resources, goals, and managerial processes in the home seen in the context of the larger community. Applications primarily in the area of human resources. (Lec. 3) Pre: 205 or permission of chairperson.

225 Consumer in the Economy (3)

Application of basic economic principles to consumer problems in a complex marketplace, buyer-seller relationships, effective consumer decision making, effects of government policies on consumers. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 205 or course in economics. (S)

230 Marriage and Family Relationships (3)

Male-female and other close relationships in courtship and family systems as influenced by personality and culture in a changing society. Professional and functional orientation. (Lec. 3)

290 Modern Leadership Issues (3)

Introductory leadership class. Topics include basic leadership theories, international governance/economic systems, critical thinking, and leadership in: U.S. education; community service organizations; families; diverse workplaces. Core option for the leadership studies minor. (Lec. 3)

297 Contemporary Issues in Student Development (1-3)

Student orientation, leadership, and training practices presented by various Student Affairs and other University programs, such as Student Life, Residential Life, Health Services, University College, and Affirmative Action. (Seminar) May be repeated for up to 6 credits. S/U only.

298 Contemporary Issues in Student Development (1-3)

Student leadership models and practices in various student development settings, such as Student Affairs, Student Life, Residential Life, University College, and Health Services. (Seminar) Topic A: FLITE is service learning.

301 Curriculum in Early Childhood (3)

Program planning and teaching techniques that foster development of the young child in all curriculum areas. Includes Piagetian assessment and three hours per week in a local child care setting. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 203 and admission to the early childhood education program, or permission of instructor.

302 Literature for Children (3)

Literary heritage of American children from all subcultures, and criteria for the selection and presentation of literature to children. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.

303 Early Childhood Practicum (4)

Early childhood curriculum design and assessment; supervised teaching for three hours a week in the Child Development Center with preschool and kindergarten age children. (Lec. 3, Lab. 3) Service learning. Pre: 301 and admission to the early childhood education program or permission of instructor.

306 Infant Development (4)

Study of development in the first three years including family interaction and early education. Emphasis is on cultural differences in parenting. Supervised observation/participation working with infants and toddlers three hours a week included. (Lec. 3, Lab. 3) Pre: 200 or PSY 232.

310 Adolescent Growth and Development (3)

Physical, psychological, social, and emotional growth and development of the individual during adolescent years. Lecture, discussion, and participation in a field setting with concurrent enrollment in 311. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 or permission of instructor.

311 Early Field Experience With Adolescents (1)

Supervised observation and participation experience working with adolescents. Pre: concurrent with 310. S/U only.

312 Adult Development (3)

Identification of influences, processes, and forces shaping adult development to late life. Environmental and lifetime theoretical approaches emphasized and stage theories reviewed. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 or permission of instructor.

314 Introduction to Gerontology (4)

Introduction to the study of aging processes: biological, psychological, and social theories. Health, social, and other age-related problems. Lecture, discussion, and participation in a field setting. (Lec. 3, Lab. 3) Pre: completion of 24 or more credits.

357 Family and Community Health (3)

Specific health and maintenance concerns throughout the life span. Community and world health needs and related agencies. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.

400 Child Development: Advanced Course (3)

Review and critique of major theories of child development. Examination of research studies and issues associated with the first decade of life. Emphasis on cultural contexts. (Lec. 3) Pre: 200 or PSY 232 and HDF 201.

418 Personal Finance (3)

Personal financial planning and decisions for attaining individual and family goals. Factors that affect, protect, and enhance financial security. (Lec. 3) Pre: completion of 24 or more credits.

421 Death, Dying, and Bereavement (3)

Exploration of human death, dying, and bereavement. Focus on biomedical, psychological, social, and multicultural dimensions. Implications for social policy. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing or above.

424 Personal Finance Applications (3)

Application of principles of family financial planning and decision making. Emphasis on mathematical and analytical evaluation and analysis including the use of computer software. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 418 or permission of instructor.

426 Retirement Planning (3)

Explanation and evaluation of financial information needed for effective retirement planning, including defining goals, estimating expenses, and analyzing resources. Pre: 418 or permission of instructor.

428 Consumer Protection (3)

Effectiveness of diverse approaches to consumer protection. Analysis of techniques such as information disclosure, standards for products and services, government and private agencies, redress channels, and legislation. (Lec. 3/Onliine) Pre: 205 or 225 or permission of instructor.

430 Family Interaction (3)

Interdisciplinary approach to the dynamics of intrafamily relationships, interactions of family units and family members within the sociocultural environment. Implications for social policy. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 and 230.

431 Family and the Elderly (3)

Emphasis on the elderly in analysis of intergenerational organization and relationships. Cultural values, psychosocial factors, economic considerations, and societal trends relative to family life. (Lec. 3)

432 Perspectives on Parenting (3)

Historic examination of childhood and parenting philosophies and comparison of practices among different cultures. Attention to contemporary social policy and practices surrounding parenting. (Lec. 3) Pre: 200 or PSY 232.

433 Family Life Education (3)

History, philosophy, and goals of Family Life Education including requirements for certification. Program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Current issues, trends, research, and theory. Emphasis on diversity of clientele and settings. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 and 230.

434 Children and Families in Poverty (3)

Interdisciplinary approach to understanding the effects of poverty with attention to cultural, political, and policy issues and implications. (Lec. 3) Service learning. Pre: senior standing in the major or permission of instructor and 202.

437 (or SOC 437) Law and Families in the United States (3)

Seminar to investigate family roles, relationships, rights, and responsibilities as defined by the law. Emphasis on explicit and implicit family policy revealed in the various branches of law. (Seminar) Pre: 200 and 230 or SOC 212.

440 Environmental Context of Aging (3)

Study of normal aging-related changes as design determinants of the physical environment. Identifies theories and models of person-environment interaction and environment-behavior issues and procedures for post-occupancy evaluation studies. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 and 314.

450 Introduction to Counseling (3)

Introduces students in human sciences to interviewing and counseling skills in both professional and paraprofessional settings. Integrates theory, practice, and application by didactic and experimental learning. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior standing in HDF, graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

451 Financial Counseling and Debt Management (3)

Examination of debt and budgeting problems affecting families. Utilization of a problem-solving approach and inclusion of financial counseling strategies for coping with financial issues and becoming proactive in family financial management. (Lec) Pre: 418 and 450.

455 Assessment in Early Childhood (3)

An overview of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor assessments used by early assessment techniques, and examination of current trends and practices. (Lec. 3) Pre: student teaching or equivalent and permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2008.

456 Assessment Practicum (3)

Supervised experience in completing cognitive, affective, and psychomotor assessments of young children. (Practicum) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 455. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2008.

458 R.I. Early Learning Standards (3)

Prepares early childhood professionals to implement the R.I. Early Learning Standards in diverse early care and education settings to increase program quality and support children’s learning and development. (Lec. 3) Pre: enrollment in R.I. Early Learning Standards Project sponsored by R.I. Dept. of Education. S/U only for undergraduate students. A-F grades for graduate students.

471 Responding to Grief (3)

Examines conceptual, psychosocial, somatic, and pragmatic issues faced when grieving and how to cope or assist others accommodating imminent or realized loss due to death. (Lec. 3) Pre: 421, or prior thanatology course or permission of instructor.

477, 478 Field Experience in Family Financial Counseling and Planning (3)

Approved, supervised work experience related to consumer well-being. Examples include research, advocacy, education, and dissemination of information, or provision of service. (Practicum) Pre: senior standing or permission of instructor. S/U credit. Not for graduate credit.

480 Senior Field Experiences in Community Agencies (6-12)

Senior field experience in community agencies. (Practicum) Service learning. Pre: concurrent enrollment in 481; senior standing and permission of instructor. Application must be made on or before Feb. 1 in the year preceding internship. Orientation and learning contract occurs semester before field work. Not for graduate credit. S/U only.

481 Field Experience Seminar and Reflections (1)

Group discussions of field experiences in community agencies and related academic assignments. Includes senior reflections and portfolio. (Seminar) Service learning. Pre: permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

492 Leadership Minor Portfolio (1)

Preparation of portfolios required for graduation with minor in leadership studies. (Seminar) Pre: enrollment in leadership studies minor.

497 Special Problems (1-3)

Open to qualified seniors who wish to do advanced work primarily consisting of lab or field experiences. Students must obtain written approval from proposed faculty supervisor prior to registration. Pre: senior standing and permission of chairperson. May be repeated for no more than 9 credits. Not for graduate credit. S/U only.

498 Special Problems (1-3)

Open to qualified seniors who wish to do advanced work. Conducted as a seminar or supervised individual project. Students must obtain written approval from proposed faculty supervisor prior to registration. Pre: senior standing and permission of chairperson. May be repeated for no more than 9 credits. Not for graduate credit.

500 Human Development Seminar (3)

Contemporary research issues emerging in the human development literature at five stages of development (infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age), with emphasis placed on continuity and transition across the life span. (Seminar) Pre: 400 or permission of instructor.

505 Human Sexuality and Counseling (3)

Historical, cultural, and developmental issues in human sexuality and counseling. Implications for self and client understanding through personal exploration and desensitization to sensitive topics. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

506 Rhode Island Early Childhood Institute (1-3)

Intensive institute focused on contemporary issues in early childhood education in Rhode Island and the nation. Topics vary, with discussion of theoretical, empirical, and practical issues. (Seminar) Pre: enrollment in Early Childhood Institute program or permission of instructor. May be repeated as topics vary.

507 Seminar in Early Childhood Education

Seminar in trends and model programs in early childhood education. Special attention to substantive evaluation and program design issues for the professional early childhood educator. (Seminar) Pre: student teaching or equivalent classroom experience or permission of instructor.

511 Seminar in Infancy and Early Childhood (3)

Survey and critical examination of research from infancy and early childhood. Implications for diverse populations and human service settings will be drawn. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

512 Seminar in Middle Childhood and Adolescence (3)

Survey and critical examination of research from middle childhood through adolescence. Implications for diverse populations and human service settings will be drawn. (Seminar) Pre: 500 or permission of instructor.

513 Seminar in Adult Development (3)

Critical examination of research on development from the onset of legal adulthood to the beginning of late life. Highlights multicultural nature of adult experience in U.S. and implications for social policy. (Seminar) Pre: 500 or permission of instructor.

514 Seminar in Older Adulthood (3)

Review of major theories of aging and application in clinical and policy contexts. Emphasis on current research and practice issues. Interdisciplinary focus on biopsychosocial aspects of growing older. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

518 Seminar in Life-Span Financial Issues (3)

Survey and critical examination of research on life-span financial issues. Implications for diverse populations and human service settings will be drawn. (Independent Study) Pre: 418 or permission of instructor.

527 Health Care Policy and the Elderly (3)

Present and future problems in policy development to meet health care needs of the elderly. Consideration of historical aspects, demographic change, policy models. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing.

530 Advanced Family Studies (3)

Intensive study of theories in the family field, integrated with contemporary family issues and family intervention. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

533 Family Policy and Program Evaluation (3)

Seminar examining the political, socio-economic, and cultural forces influencing development and implementation of national and local family policies with emphasis on evaluations of child and family programs. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

535 Families Under Stress: Coping and Adaptation (3)

Theoretical models of family interaction, development, and stress as applied to understanding of family behavior in managing stress or events. Concepts of stress, vulnerability, adaptability, coping, regenerative power, social supports, and related research. (Seminar) Pre: 430 or equivalent course work in family development or family sociology and permission of instructor.

540 Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Health and Human Services (3)

Basic principles of interdisciplinary teamwork in health care, human service, and education professions. Practice in promoting effective communication, conflict resolution, and leadership in teams. Focus on social and experiential learning.

550 Vocational Information and Career Development (1-3)

Classification and description of jobs and industries; study of occupational trends; needs of special groups entering the labor market; vocational development theories and counseling for long-range career planning. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

551 Counseling Theory and Techniques (3)

Theoretical foundation and practice of counseling with diverse adult populations. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

553 Higher Education Practicum (3)

Supervised practicum in higher education placements. Emphasis on applied assignments in the initial stages of college student personnel program. (Practicum) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 567, permission of instructor. S/U only.

559 Gender Issues in Therapy (3)

Systemic integration of the issues and therapeutic dilemmas growing out of society’s changing views of women and men. Emphasis on research, therapist self-awareness, and evaluation of current therapies. (Seminar) Pre: 450 or equivalent and graduate standing or permission of instructor.

560 Group Procedures and Leadership (3)

Approaches and processes for conducting a range of group interventions from small group meetings to psychoeducational techniques. A practical and theoretical approach to facilitation skills, team leadership, and group dynamics in higher education and other adult settings. Enrollment is limited. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Service learning. Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

562 (or EDC 596) Organization Development in Human Services and Education (3)

Conceptual and technical components of organization development (OD) and consultation to various types of organizations, with emphasis on human service arenas. Approaches to the different phases of intervention in planned change efforts using theoretical frameworks, case, and client applications. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Service learning. Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

563 Marital and Family Therapy I (3)

Major theoretical perspectives, including system theory as related to therapy. Communication and relationship skills, negotiation and behavioral contracting, treating specific relationship problems, therapy evaluation. (Seminar) Pre: permission of instructor.

564 Marital and Family Therapy II (3)

Major contemporary theories of family therapy and the development of family therapy as a unique intervention strategy; special consideration of issues and problems commonly confronted in conducting family therapy. (Seminar) Pre: permission of instructor.

565 Family Therapy Practicum (3)

Supervised clinical experience in marriage and family therapy. Case materials will be presented by students, and taped segments of actual counseling sessions will be reviewed. (Lec. 3) Pre: admission to MFT program or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits.

566 Theoretical and Clinical Problems (3)

Examination of major ongoing and emerging theoretical issues in family therapy. The implications of these problems in clinical practice with families. (Lec. 3) Pre: 564 and graduate standing.

567 Principles and Practices of College Student Personnel (3)

Survey of the historical, philosophical, sociological, and cultural influences on college student personnel work as a profession and exploration of selected functional areas within student affairs. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing in CSP and permission of instructor.

568 College Student Development and Learning (3)

Examination of human development and learning of students in higher education. Emphasis on psychosocial, intellectual, and moral development in a sociohistorical context. (Lec. 3) Pre: 567.

569 Assessment in Family Therapy (3)

Administration and interpretation of assessment instruments for treatment, planning, and evaluation. Ethical, legal, and theoretical issues related to family systems assessment are discussed. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

570 Research in Human Development and Family Studies (3)

Historical, philosophical, and procedural foundations of scientific inquiries into individuals and families. Explores the various ways to acquire information about human development and family relationships. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

572 Administrative Practices in Human Development and Family Studies (1)

Introduction to administrative practices affecting entry level professionals in HDF. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

573 Legal Issues in Higher Education (1-3)

An overview of the effect of federal and state legal systems on university administration and service delivery. Reviews authorities and agencies, major court decisions, and the application of substantive and procedural law principles. (Lec. 1-3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

574 Environmental Theory and Assessment in Higher Education (3)

Overview of selected person-environmental interaction theories and assessment frameworks applicable in higher education settings. Emphasis on campus ecology, cultural, perceptual, human aggregate, physical/architectural, and behavior setting approaches. (Seminar) Pre: 568 and 570.

575 Cultural Competence in Human Services (1)

Exploration of skills needed to enhance a diverse work environment and other human service settings. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

576 Diversity in Higher Education (2)

Survey of the historical and current demographical profile of students in higher education. Emphasis on implications for programs, policies, and leadership. (Lec. 2) Pre: graduate standing in College Student Personnel or permission of instructor.

577 Seminar: Topics in Higher Education (1-3)

Recent developments and current issues in higher education. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. (Seminar)

578 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Concerns in Family Therapy (3)

Ethical, legal, and professional issues encountered by family therapists in the delivery of services. These aspects of therapy practice along with systemic theory are cornerstones of competent practice. (Seminar) Pre: 563 and 565, 530 and 535, and concurrent enrollment in 583. Pre: permission of instructor.

580 Professional Seminar (1-3)

Emphasizes initial implementation phases of master’s research requirement as well as legal, ethical, and professional issues. (Seminar) Pre: advanced standing and permission of instructor.

581 Professional Seminar (1-3)

Emphasizes research applications, completion of master’s research requirement, and making a transition to a professional position. (Seminar) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 584 and permission of instructor.

583, 584 Master’s Internship (3 or 6 each)

Supervised field experience in various settings. Culminating experience integrates program theory and skills. (Practicum) Service learning. Pre: advanced standing and permission of instructor. College Student Personnel students must enroll concurrently in 580, 583 (fall) and 581, 584 (spring). S/U credit.

595 Master’s Project: Action Research (1-6)

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor. Minimum of 6 credits is required of students who have chosen the action-thesis option. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

597, 598 Advanced Study (1-3 each)

Survey of important research contributions significant to the understanding of human development and relationships. (Independent Study)

599 Master’s Thesis Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. Minimum of 6 credits is required of students who have chosen the thesis option. (Independent Study) S/U credit.


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