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Human Development & Fam Stdies: Family Context of Development

HDFS 060 OL1 (CRN: 61320)

3 Credit Hours

About HDFS 060 OL1

Developmental ecological approach to analysis of the family as a system in which individuals develop.


Dates: May 20 - June 28, 2019;

Section Description

HDFS 060 is an introductory course on the family context of development. In this course, students develop an understanding of how families participate in the processes of human development. Specific course objectives include: 1) Improving the abilities to think, discuss, and write about the processes of development and about family relationships; 2) Understanding Urie Bronfenbrenner's language for describing and analyzing the relationships between a person's context or environment and a person's development; 3) Developing a framework of develecological principles to explain changes in family structure and function; 4) Practicing thinking about transactions between people in relationships; 5) Understanding the effects of children’s development on stages of parenthood and on family processes.

Section Expectation

This online course is a small class size (20 student cap) and utilizes Blackboard for course management. Over this accelerated 6-week summer section, students should expect to spend at least 8-10 hours weekly completing readings, watching online resources, participating in online forum discussions and journals, completing written assignments, and taking online exams. This course has two required texts: Shelton, L. G. (2019). The Bronfenbrenner Primer: An Introduction to Develecology. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-138-03716-8 and Galinsky, E. (1987). The six stages of parenthood. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. ISBN: 978-0-201-10529-2; supplemental readings will also be posted to Blackboard. Students are expected to read and understand material in the text and read and engage with all of the content provided in the course modules. Regular office hours with the instructor (both online and in-person) are made available.


Grades are based on participation in online forums and journals, completion of written assignments, and exams.




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