Graduate Course:

HDFS 6782:  Research Process and Methods:

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary research process in the field of human development and family science. The course will cover research methods and related conceptual issues relevant to the field. The overall goal of this course is to further enhance students’ critical thinking, writing, and research skills. Within the broader curriculum, this course serves as a catalyst for students to design a research project in their own substantive area. The specific course goals and learning objectives are in line with the goals of the program and department in carrying out relevant basic and applied research that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and community members. Next Offering: Spring 2020.


Mixed-Level Course:

HDFS 5890: Family Stress and Caregiving Across the Life Course:  This class examines family stress across the life course through the context of normative and non-normative caregiving. Integrating contributions from human development and family science, psychology, sociology, social work, and other disciplines, students will learn about the theories and perspectives underlying the study of family caregiving and stress processes. In this course, we will investigate different types of normative and non-normative caregiving across the life course (e.g., parenting sons or daughters with disabilities, grandparents parenting grandchildren) and the subsequent biopsychosocial impacts of caregiving on the individual and family. Risk and protective factors pertaining to individual and family functioning also will be explored.

Undergraduate Course:

HDFS 2400: Introduction to Lifespan Human Development:   This course provides a broad overview of theories, methods, and research related to human development, from birth through late adulthood. Topics will include physical developmental, cognitive functioning, and socio-emotional development across the lifespan, as well as profiles of major developmental theorists. Next Offering: Spring 2020.