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Graduate Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

The minimum prerequisite for 50000-69999 level courses is graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may apply and are listed in this catalog.

51093 Variable Title Workshop in Human Development and Family Studies (1-3)

Workshop setting dealing with a topic or topics in human development and family studies. Learning experiences are provided in a wide range of areas. S/U grading.

51095 Special Topics in Human Development and Family Studies (1-4)
Discussion of a major topic within human development and family studies.

51096 Individual Investigation (1-3)
Independent study in human development and/or family studies.

54019 Intergenerational Experiences (3)
Provides students practical experience in working with older adults in a structured setting. The focus of activities will be on enhancing the well-being of all participants and providing information in the areas of health, fi tness, and other areas of well-being as well as community resources for older adults. Students apply information about adult development to the older participants or members via a case study. Moreover, both the students and older adults will become more knowledgeable about the characteristics of each age group and their respective cultures, and achieve a comfort level that promotes intergenerational experiences.

54020 Adolescent Development (3)

Adolescent development with emphasis on forces related to adolescent behavior. Evaluation of current research. Prerequisite: Family Studies (FS) major.

54021 Family Intervention Across the Life Span (3)
Evaluation of research and theoretical models in the area of family intervention. Focus on strategies for assisting families in coping with a variety of critical issues over the family life cycle. Prerequisite: Family Studies (FS) major.

54023 Building Family Strengths (3)

The Building Family Strengths Model builds upon family life potential, based on extensive research emphasizing identified family strengths.

54028 Parent-Child Relationships (3)

Study of parent-child relationships across the life span and within various contexts. Emphasis on the process of socialization and determinants of parent-child relationships based on current research. Prerequisite: Family Studies (FS) major.

54029 Family Policy (3)

Understanding federal, state and local policy issues affecting families. Role of family life educator in promoting a family friendly perspective in policy-making. Prerequisite: Family Studies (FS) major.

54031 Intergenerational Family Caregiving (2)
Intergenerational concerns of family caregivers across the lifespan, coping resources, formal and informal support systems.

54037 Positive Youth Development (3)

Examines individual, family, school and community characteristics that comprise developmental assets contributing to positive youth development (PYD). Definitions and descriptions of PYD approaches are examined as well as evaluations of program effectiveness. Common elements of PYD programs are explored, such as emphasizing youths’ strengths, providing opportunities to learn health behaviors , promoting positive peer relationships, connecting youth with caring adults, empowering youth to assume leadership roles, and challenging youth in ways that build their competence. Implications for professional child and youth work are discussed. Students complete a program development project. Prerequisite: HDFS 54020.

54038 Professional Child and Youth Work Practice (3)
Provides students with an understanding of the historical and current methodologies and organizational structures of professional child and youth work practice emphasizing a synthesis of previous and new learning regarding five domains of competence (professionalism, culture and human diversity, applied human development, relationship and communication and developmental practice methods). Practice issues in community-based an out of home care settings as well as work with various child and youth populations are to be explored. Students complete a program development and evaluation project. Prerequisites: HDFS 54037 and human development and family studies (HDFS) major.

54092 Practicum in Human Development and Family Studies (3-10)
Observation and participation in services offered by family and childcare agencies. Prerequisite: Family Studies (FS) major.

55514 The Consumer Family in Today's Society (2)

Study of current and future role of consumer families relevant to consumption, alternatives and priorities.

61018 Techniques of Research in Family and Consumer Studies (3)
Introduction to the types of research and methods of data collection applied to a project of student’s choice.

61091 Seminar (2-3 in each area)

Evaluation and interpretation of recent literature in human development and/or family studies. Topic selected for semester will be indicated in the Schedule of Classes.

61098 Research (1-15)
Research for master’s-level graduate students. Credits earned may be applied toward meeting degree requirements if school approves. Repeat registration permitted. IP permissible.

61198  Master's Project (2-6)
Completion and successful defense of a master’s project. Master’s project students must register for a total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester. Distributed over several semesters if desired. S/U grading; IP permissible.

61199 Thesis I (2-6)
Thesis students must register for total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester, distributed over several semesters if desired. S/U grading; IP permissible.

61299 Thesis II (2)
Thesis students must continue registration each semester until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: HDFS 61199.

64022 Family Life in the Later Years (3)
Research on families in the later years is reviewed, with a particular emphasis on its utility to family life practitioners.

64023 Family Theories and Processes (3)
An examination of theories and research for understanding family dynamics and changes in families across the lifespan. Includes attention to diverse family structures, dyadic and group processes applicable to families, and social and cultural contexts.

64024 Family Life Education (3)
Developing community acceptance, teaching aids and techniques, and curriculum for family life education.

64025 Studies in Child Rearing (3)
Review and critical analysis of selected child-rearing studies in contemporary American society.

64027 Early Adolescence (3)
Examines the fundamental changes, social contexts and psychosocial processes involved in human development from ages eight through 15. Implications for working with this age group within schools and human service agencies.

65516 Family Resource Management (3)

Examines resource and financial management across the life cycle.

65517 Work and Family (3)
Impact on family roles, life stage planning, career decisions and support systems. Responses and trends of public policy and corporate actions.