EDUC6303 Human Growth and Development

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth study of theories of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development from the prenatal period through aging and death. Biological and environmental foundations, cultural influences, and strategies for facilitating development are considered.

This course provides an advanced overview of current research and theory in life-span human development. The course will enhance students’ understanding of significant developmental changes that occur over the life span. Emphasis will be placed on standard physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development as well as on issues such as diversity and socialization in relation to perceptions of human development. Professional, clinical, legal, and ethical issues will also be addressed.

Course Credits: 3

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand theories of individual and family development and transitions across the life span.
  • Articulate biological, neurological, and physiological, and environmental factors that can affect human development, functioning, and behavior.
  • Understand human behavior, including an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior.
  • Have a general framework for understanding exceptional abilities and strategies for differentiated interventions.
  • Apply ethical and culturally relevant strategies for promoting resilience and optimum development and wellness across the life span.
  • Identify theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors, including strategies for prevention, intervention, and treatment.