BHS206 - Human Development: Behavioural Sciences

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Subject Title
Human Development: Behavioural Sciences

Subject Description

This course is an introduction to the exciting subject of development across the lifespan. A multi-factored model of human development is traced from conception to death. Students will study the biophysical, cognitive, emotional, and social factors affecting development and the interaction of these factors across the lifespan. The dynamic nature of biological, psychological, and cultural influences on individual development will be considered. Developmental tasks and challenges will be identified for each stage of life that is studied.

Credit Status
This course is a required course in the Behavioural Sciences program.   Students from the SSW program may also elect to take the course as an equivalent to SWL206.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.      Compare contemporary theoretical approaches to human development from a lifespan perspective as relevant to the field of Behavioural Sciences
2.    Describe the broad domains of physiological, cognitive, sociocultural, and psychosocial development at each stage of the lifespan.
3.   Discuss the nature and origin of individual differences throughout the lifespan
4.    Apply knowledge of developmental theory to contemporary issues and settings
5.   Analyze how genetic, environmental, and sociocultural factors affect the process of individual development from a lifespan perspective
6.    Apply human developmental theory to a case study in class and/or in the field
7.    Identify and discuss how aspects of developmental theory apply to the student’s own life stages and lived experiences

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