Courses

An examination of developmental and evolutionary aspects of human reproductive biology and behavior from fetal through adult stages. Sexual selection and life history perspectives on fetal sex differentiation, gender identity, sex role development, puberty and secondary sexual characteristics, and mate choice.

HD 200 is an introduction to the field of human aging. The course is a multidisciplinary examination of the way in which human aging is viewed by individuals and society from multiple perspectives including social, political and biological sciences, caregiving, social services, and ethics.

This course explores how culture shapes the human experience of the life course. Possible topics include the role of culture in human development (including its impact on interventions designed to facilitate development), the significance of institutions such as the school for processes of socialization, the way that language facilitates processes of human development, and the sociocultural context of developmental disabilities. Topics vary with each offering;
 

This course offers an introduction to the social scientific theories that influence the study of human development. We consider theorists who examine the influence of political economy, culture, psychology, and biology on the life course. The course emphasizes the close reading, analysis, and discussion of texts representative of major approaches.

This capstone course considers some of the essential characteristics of what we might refer to as “applied human development.” We take up four topics: 1) the politics and ethics of what it means to do applied work; 2) the challenges of applying divergent theoretical perspectives to practical problems; 3) the practical challenges of working on a specific applied project; and 4) the institutional characteristics of some of the career contexts in which human development knowledge gets applied. With these last two topics, we will engage with community partners in ways that help us to understand applied human development work.

This course introduces the way in which qualitative methods can be used to study the life course. After considering what it means to pose an interesting, viable, and ethical research question, the class will provide extensive training in one method central to the study of the cultural character of the life course: semi-structured interviews. Students will develop and carry out a collaborative research project throughout the course of the class.

A senior capstone course devoted to senior projects required of Human Development students.