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 may have 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).
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
Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.
Jaime Rotner is an instructor in the HDFS deparment. She has been teaching various courses for 13 years. Her areas of interest are early childhood and adolescent development, parenting, relational proceses, attachment and risk/reslience.
Dr. Jennifer Krafchick
Dr. Jen Krafchick is an associate 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 of the Year award and the 2011 Best Teacher Award from the CSU Alumni Association. In addition to teaching, she is co-director of the Campus Connections Mentoring program that works with local youth who have experienced adversity at CSU and is a licensed program at other universities in Colorado and in New Zealand. She also teaches courses on sexuality and gender in the University Honors Program.
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.