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 Course Title:   Human Development

 Title Abbreviation:   HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    131

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    511508

 EPC:    424

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Introduction to the stages of human development with particular attention to adult life development. Explores the relevance of ethnicity, culture, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation and community in a person's development.


Prerequisite: HSERV 101 and 106.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Have a general overview of the history of the study of human development.
  2. Become familiar with the concepts of change and stability in the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains.
  3. Recognize specific areas of development that are subject to internal, external or a combination of internal and external forces.
  4. Identify a variety of ethical and professional issues related to the study of human development.
  5. Recognize the importance of “timing” in the development of change in certain domains over the life span.
  6. Develop an appreciation for diversity in culture, class, gender, opportunity and sexual orientation as these factors impact development or express a range of developmental alternatives.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.

Course Contents

  1. Theories on human development.
  2. Adaptive use of experience.
  3. Maladaptive use of experience.
  4. Emotional developmental tasks.
  5. Purpose of completing developmental tasks and consequences of not completing tasks.
  6. Function of critical thinking when applied to models of human development.