HDFS 101 - Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)

  • 3 credits

To advance students’ knowledge and skills in becoming a developmentalist – equipped with the proficiency and understanding of the developing person, in particular the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development at different periods in the lifespan. The focus is mainly on typical human development. The goals of this course are to enhance students’ skills and mastery of knowledge related to critically thinking about development, to provide a general awareness about cultural and ethnic influences upon development and family systems, and to increase students’ understanding of research and practice within the field of human development and family studies.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and describe the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive changes that occur throughout the life span.
  • Distinguish among various research strategies used in the study of human development.
  • Explain major theories, concepts, and topics of interest to developmentalists.
  • Find and summarize research articles in the field, and synthesize research with course material.
  • Apply the knowledge and principles of life span development to improve the lives of others.
  • Recognize the impact of cultural influence and the environment on human development.
  • Write at least one technical paper that is in accordance with APA guidelines.

This course has exams that require the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU. Please see https://www.proctoru.com/students. for detailed instructions. The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in CSU Online course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any hardware that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone, and for scheduling proctoring appointments at least three days in advance (otherwise, a late fee is charged, which is the student’s responsibility). For students requiring accommodations, please contact http://www.rds.colostate.edu/.

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Social/Behavioral Sciences (Category 3C) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks (GT-SS3).

Important Information

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Required

Human Development: A Cultural Approach, Books a la Carte Plus NEW MyLab Psychology – Access Card Package, 3rd Ed. (2019)

Arnett, J.J.

ISBN: 9780134711447

REVEL for Human Development: A Cultural Approach is required for this course; this is an inclusive package from CSU and includes access to the MyVirtualLife programs.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2020)

American Psychological Association

Instructors

CK Rizzo
CK Rizzo

(970) 829-1310 | ck.kemp@colostate.edu

Dr. Rizzo is an Assistant Professor in the HDFS department. She has been teaching a variety of courses in the HDFS Online Program since 2015. Dr. Rizzo has a background in Marriage and Family Therapy and was part of a small team that founded the Child Trauma & Resilience Assessment Center at CSU.

Dr. Jennifer Krafchick
Dr. Jennifer Krafchick

(970) 491-2171 | jen.krafchick@colostate.edu

Dr. Jen Krafchick is a senior teaching assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Honors Program. She is a passionate educator and was recognized with the 2010 Honors Professor the the Year award and the 2011 Best Teacher Award from the CSU Alumni Association. In addition to teaching, she is the director of the Campus Connections mentoring program that works with at-risk youth and the assistant director of the Center for Couple and Family Therapy, both in HDFS at CSU.

Dr. Krafchick earned her Ph.D. in education and human resource studies with an emphasis in social justice education, her master's in human development and family studies with a specialization in marriage and family therapy, and a graduate certificate in women's studies from CSU. She is a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). She teaches and conducts research on issues related to mentoring, sexuality, gender, families, and diversity. She has extensive experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence and in private practice with individuals, couples, and families. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Krafchick served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching junior high school students in the South Pacific.

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