Course Catalog: Human Development Courses

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Graduate Human Development courses are designated as HDF. Undergraduate Human Development courses are designated by discipline: anthropology (HDA), psychology (HDP), and sociology (HDS).

HDF 501
Lifespan Development I: Birth through Adolescence
3 credits

Examines physical, cognitive, social, moral and emotional development from conception through adolescence. Discusses theory and research from different psychological approaches. Pays special attention to the social and cultural contexts in which development occurs.

HDF 502
Infant and Toddler Behavior and Development
3 credits

Integrates theory, research and practical experience about the first three years of life through a trans-disciplinary approach. Considers development across domains and the impact of parent-child relationships, peer relationships, and early socialization patterns on young children’s development. Observing and recording an infant or young child’s behavior and development required.

HDF 504
Child Development: The Early Years
3 credits

Examines development from the prenatal period to age 9 across physical-motor, social, emotional, and cognitive domains. Articulates the interactive roles of heredity, environment, and culture. Implications for curriculum design are drawn.

HDF 515
Lifespan Development II: Adult Development
3 credits

Examines development from the transition into adulthood through old age. Theory and research from different psychological approaches are presented. Topics include changes in cognition; mor-al, psychosocial, interpersonal and physical development; and typical adult developmental tasks in different cultures.

HDF 521
Children’s Cognitive Development
3 credits

Examines ways in which children construct knowledge about physical and social worlds. Considers contributions of Piagetian, information processing and sociocultural theories in understanding children’s cognitive development. Introduces students to clinical interviewing techniques. Requires exploratory research with children. Offered in conjunction with HDP 352.

HDF 526
The Meaning and Development of Play
3 credits

Explores the meaning and development of play from infancy through adulthood through theories, research, and application. Ex-amines value of play in therapeutic, educational and medical settings; how the environment (including toys and media) influences play; how to support play, integrate it into professional work, and advocate for play.

HDF 560
Risk and Resilience in Infancy
3 credits

Reviews etiology, behavioral characteristics, developmental out-comes and family impact of infants born at environmental, biological, or established risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Reviews roles of medicine, nursing, social work, education and the developmental therapies in meeting the needs of these children. Introduces early intervention services and offers opportunities to observe. Prerequisites: Prior knowledge or previous course work in infant and toddler development.

HDF 702
Language, Literacy and Culture
3 credits

Examines interrelationships among language, race, culture, ethnicity and identity. Focuses on dialectal diversity within English and its relationship to the development of academic language proficiency in multi-lingual school contexts. Explores pragmatic aspects of language use including stylistic variation, code-switching and intercultural communication. Encourages students to examine their own linguistic biases.

HDS 106
Sociology of Minority Groups
4 Credits

Explores the social, economic and political dimensions of inequality in American Society. Looks at how people of color, white women and gays and lesbians are systematically discriminated against in work, education, media and government programs. Analyzes whiteness as a social construct. Focus on social change and activism. General Education: Perspectives on Diversity and Self and Society or Ethics and Social Justice. Introductory.

HDS 322
Feminist Theories: Controversies and Current Issues
4 credits

Examines different ways feminists analyze patriarchal society and women’s place within it. Emphasis on debates within feminist theory, ranging from radical to post-modern. Selected topics of controversy include abortion, racism, prostitution, and nature of masculinity. Takes a multicultural perspective on women’s experiences. Focus on ways feminists translate theory into practice. General Education: Upper-Level Writing (after ENG 121), Perspectives on Diversity and Self and Society or Ethics and Social Justice; Advanced.

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