Fall 2016 Courses

HDF 380K.3 Analyzing Development and Change

Prof. Edward Anderson, W 1-4:00pm. "Analyzing Development and Change” explores a variety of ways to model development and change in individuals or groups over time.

HDF 398T / 359H Supervised Teaching in Human Development and Family Sciences

Prof. Theodore Dix, Th 12:30-3:30 pm. Teaching under close supervision, group meetings, individual conferences, and reports.

HDF 395.1 Child and Adolescent Development

Prof. Deborah Jacobvitz, T 12:30-3:30 pm. "Child and Adolescent Development” is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the distinction between individual, relationships, family, and contextual levels of analyses. It provides an overview of key theories of individual and family development and explores the concepts of development including how to conceptualize and measure development and relationships over time. In the process, students will examine the connection between theoretical approaches and methodological approaches to research and sharpen students’ critical evaluation skills so that research on human development and family relationships can be read thoughtfully.

HDF 394 Educational Inequalities

Prof. Fatima Varner, M 1-4 pm. The purpose of this course is to explore the ways in which race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic resources intersect to influence the educational opportunities and outcomes of children & adolescents. Disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes have significant consequences for employment, income level, and other life opportunities. In the course, structural and psychological arguments that have been used to help explain between-group variation in academic achievement will be examined. Additionally, we will discuss factors that serve as assets and resources for minority youth in the educational domain and help explain within-group variation in educational outcomes. We will also examine interventions and policies designed to improve educational opportunities and outcomes, particularly for minority youth.  

HDF 380K.1 Research Methods in Human Development and Family Science


Prof. Kim, W 1-4 pm. This course is a basic methods course designed to acquaint students with the range of methods used in HDFS and to assist them in developing a research proposal. 

HDF 395.2 Contextual Influences on Individual and Family Development

Prof. Gershoff, M 1-4 pm. This course builds on the student’s understanding of some of the major theories, issues, and empirical literature in the field of human development and family sciences by considering a range of contexts for development as well as the interplay among contexts.  The topics are organized around levels of analysis drawn from Bronfenbrenner’s model: the micro system of the family; systems outside the family that affect children and family functioning; and macro systems of culture, public policy, and economic conditions.

HDF 398T Supervised Teaching in Human Development and Family Sciences

Prof. Imes, T 9-12 pm. This course guides students in best teaching practices and provides opportunities for practicing teaching skills. 

Spring 2017 Courses

HDF 395.3 Adult Development and Aging

Prof. Karen Fingerman. A multidisciplinary overview of adult development from young adulthood through old age. Examines major sociological, psychological, and biological theory and research in the field of adult development such as adult development and the aging process from cells to social security with an emphasis on social and emotional development, as well as psychological aspects of adult development.

HDF 380K.2 Foundational Statistics and Nested Models in Human Development and Family Sciences.

Prof. Marci Gleason. This course focuses on data organization and statistics used in the social behavioral sciences. It begins with a review of basic data management, inferential statistics, graphing, advanced regression, and ANOVA, then concludes with an introduction into the analysis of nested data.