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 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).

This course can be applied towards:

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.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Human Development: A Cultural Approach*, 2nd Ed. (2016)
    Arnett, J. J.
    ISBN: 978-0134191041
  • MyVirtualLife (MVL) is an online supplemen REQUIRED for this class.**
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    American Psychological Association
    ISBN: 9781433805615

*(Arnett: Human Development REVEL bundle (includes eBook REVEL), MVL, and text loose-leaf)

**Access to MVL may be purchased via: http://myvirtuallife.co. or is included as part of the textbook bundle.


Lilyana Ortega
Lilyana Ortega