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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 (33%)
The Way of Life Assignment 35%
Graded Discussions (4 Discussions, 3% each) 12%
Total 100%



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Technical Requirements

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