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HDFS 310 - Infant and Child Development in Context

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This course will explore human development from birth through middle childhood (age 12) in the context of family, relationships and culture. Students will learn how humans develop physically, cognitively, and socially to gain the ability to reason, speak, and form relationships. Students will also become familiar with theories and research relevant to the study and practices related to infant and child development.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the principal processes and core developmental theories related to both typical and atypical child development from conception through age 12 years.
  • Identify, examine, and, when appropriate, appraise contextual frameworks that may influence infant and childhood development.
  • Access, critically appraise, and apply diverse forms of information (e.g., websites, Internet sources, parenting information, and other media sources) regarding infant and child development.
  • Examine current empirical research and identify potential gaps in research relevant to infant and child development.
  • Critically evaluate and apply research methods and concepts used in empirical research related to infant and child development and relevant contexts (e.g., family, school).
  • Demonstrate effective written skills and discussion skills appropriate to the field of infant and child development topics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to both differentiate and acknowledge diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives in infant and child development topics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional skills, including ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct, as relevant to infant and child development.


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology); completion of 30 credits

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

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, you ensure you 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

Section 801


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2019)
    American Psychological Association
  • The Developing Person Through Childhood, 11th Ed. (2021)
    Berger, K.S.
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture (2011)
    Siegel, Daniel J. and Bryson, Tina P.

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

Launchpad (LP) is a Macmillan online supplement required for this class and a significant portion of your grade will include completing online activities in Launchpad.


Aimee Kleisner Walker
Aimee Kleisner Walker

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Aimée Kleisner Walker is a member of our HDFS teaching faculty. Dr. Walker teaches both online and on-campus courses across the lifespan. Her research interests include Early childhood and elementary education; Early prevention and family support programs that address inequities among developmental opportunities; Science of teaching and learning in applied human sciences; Parenting across the lifespan.