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Course Description

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This course is an introduction to the study of the development of the individual throughout the life cycle. Emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships between physiological, sociological and psychological aspects of normal human development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify basic theoretical approaches to development from a cultural perspective;
  2. Conduct research using basic research methodologies;
  3. Describe developmental stages of growth and development across the life-span;
  4. Identify developmental issues that affect parents, children, and extended family systems in varying multicultural and diverse societies; and
  5. Utilize current developmental research, practices, and policies.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to human development
  • Understanding research methods
  • Pre-conception to birth
  • Infancy
  • Early childhood
  • Middle childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood
  • Late adulthood
  • Death and dying

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): Not available to Child, Youth & Family or Child, Youth & Family Co-op majors.


Assessment Item Weight

Online Tests

  • Online Test 1 (20%)
  • Online Test 2 (35%)
The Way of Life Assignment (4 parts) 24%
Top 10 11%
Quests & Quizzes (Best of 10) 10%
Total 100%


Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Human Development
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller. 
Section Notes

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