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Human Development & Fam Stdies: Family Context of Development

HDFS 060 Z1 (CRN: 61666)

3 Credit Hours

About HDFS 060 Z1

Developmental ecological approach to analysis of the family as a system in which individuals develop.


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High School & Pre-College Programs


Dates: May 22 - August 11, 2017; Instructor Permission Required

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Section Description

HDFS 60 is an introductory course on development of family relationships and systems. Students learn to apply a develecological perspective combining developmental and ecological principles to describe how families change over time and how they shape the development of the individuals who make up the family. There are two main texts and a dozen or more additional readings. One text is an introduction to develecology; the other is an introduction to development of families. The course is open to any student; there are no pre-requisites, but permission is required to enroll.

Section Expectation

In the summer, HDFS 60 is conducted primarily individually by listening to recorded lectures and studying materials posted on BlackBoard. Assignments and questions are submitted through e-mail, so students do not have to be present on campus. Students who are local meet occasionally to discuss course concepts and assignments with the instructor. Students are expected to set their own schedule for studying the material and completing the assignments, and must be able to manage their time effectively.


There are several formal written assignments, one objective exam on develecology, and a comprehensive final examination. Grades are based on the total number of points accumulated on all assignments.




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