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Human Development and Family Studies

Sample Course Descriptions


Typical Fall Semester Courses
Typical Spring Semester Courses

This term's Human Development and Family Studies Course Offerings


 

Sample of Fall Semester Course Offerings with Descriptions for Human Development and Family Studies:

HDF 180 - Personal and Career Development In Human Services  (1 unit)

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.

 

HDF 200 - Life-Span Development I  (3 unit)

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.

 

HDF 202 - Research Perspectives in HDF  (3 unit)

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

 

HDF 203 - Introduction to Working with Children  (4 unit)

Theory and practice in care, teaching, and guidance of preschool children. Lectures, discussion, and participation in a field setting for three hours a week.  Pre: 200.

 

HDF 205 - Family Financial Issues  (3 unit)

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.

 

HDF 230 - Marriage & Family Relationships  (3 unit)

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.

 

HDF 302 - Literature For Children  (3 unit)

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

 

HDF 306 - Infant Development  (4 unit)

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.  Pre: 200.

 

HDF 310 - Adolescent Development  (3 unit)

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.  Pre: 201 or permission of instructor.

 

HDF 311 - Field Experience: The Adolescent  (1 unit)

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

 

HDF 312 - Adult Development  (3 unit)

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

 

HDF 357 - Family & Community Health  (3 unit)

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

 

HDF 437/SOC 437 - Law and Families in the United States  (3 unit)

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.

 

HDF 450 - Introduction to Counseling  (3 unit)

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.  Pre: senior standing in HDF, graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

 

HDF 480 - Field Expience in Community Agencies  (12 unit)

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.

 

HDF 481 - Field Experience Seminar  (1 unit)

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.


Sample of Spring Semester Course Offerings with Descriptions for Human Development and Family Studies:

 

HDF 180 - Personal and Career Development In Human Services  (1 unit)

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

 

HDF 200 - Life-Span Development I  (3 unit)

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

 

HDF 201 - Life-Span Development II  (3 unit)

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

 

HDF 202 - Research Perspectives in HDF  (3 unit)

Introduction to research processes in human development and family studies. Emphasis on reading and evaluating the research literature and preparing and presenting literature reviews.

 

HDF 203 - Introduction to Working with Children  (4 unit)

Theory and practice in care, teaching, and guidance of preschool children. Lectures, discussion, and
participation in a field setting for three hours a week.

 

HDF 205 - Family Financial Issues  (3 unit)

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.

 

HDF 230 - Marriage & Family Relationships  (3 unit)

Johnson 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.

 

HDF 302 - Literature For Children  (3 unit)

Literary heritage of American children from all subcultures, and criteria for the selection and presentation of literature to children.

 

HDF 310 - Adolescent Development  (3 unit)

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.

 

HDF 311 - Field Experience: The Adolescent  (1 unit)

Supervised observation and participation experience working with adolescents.

 

HDF 357 - Family and Community Health  (3 unit)

Specific health and maintenance concerns throughoutthe life span. Community and world health needs and related agencies.

 

HDF 400 - Child Development: Advanced Course  (3 unit)

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.

 

HDF 424 - Personal Finance Applied  (3 unit)

Application of principles of family financial planning and decision making. Emphasis on mathematical and analytical evaluation and analysis including the use of computer software.

 

HDF 430 - Family Interaction  (3 unit)

Interdisciplinary approach to the dynamics of intrafamily relationships, interactions of family units and
family members within the sociocultural environment. Implications for social policy.

 

HDF 432 - Perspectives on Parenting  (3 unit)

Historic examination of childhood and parenting philosophies and comparison of practices among
different cultures. Attention to contemporary social policy and practices surrounding parenting.

 

HDF 434 - Child & Fam in Poverty  (3 unit)

Interdisciplinary approach to understanding the effectsof poverty with attention to cultural, political,
and policy issues and implications.

 

HDF 450 - Introduction to Counseling  (3 unit)

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.

 

HDF 480 - Field Experience in Community Agencies  (6-12 unit)

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.

 

HDF 481 - Field Experience Seminar  (1 unit)

Group discussions of field experiences in community agencies and related academic assignments. Includes senior reflections and portfolio. (Seminar) Service learning.