Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS)

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Course numbers with the # symbol included (e.g. #400) have not been taught in the last 3 years.

HDFS 444 - We Don't All Play the Violin: Stories and Stereotypes of Asians in America

Credits: 4

An interdisciplinary course that examines perceptions of difference and foreign culture through and exploration of the process of emigration of Chinese, Japanese, Cambodian, and Vietnamese families from Asia to America and their experiences here. Class considers history, economics, state and national legislation and regulations, politics, art, gender and generational differences, and family relationships, as well as North American American reactions to the presence of Asians, how stereotypes by both Asians and Americans were developed, and their impact on family members. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc); Historical Perspectives GP 4; Inquiry (Discovery); Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 444A - Children at Risk

Credits: 4

This course considers child sexual molestation in the Boy Scouts, YMCA's, and churches. Child pornography, prostitution, trafficking, and slavery are also explored. Together we will try to answer the following six questions: Who is at risk of molestation,? How are children molested? Where are they molested? Who molests children and why do they molest them? What are the impacts on children and society? What responsibilities do adults and institutions have to protect children? Writing intensive.

Attributes: Social Science (Discovery); Social Science GP 7; Inquiry (Discovery); Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 525 - Human Development

Credits: 4

Developmental information from conception through death; theoretical perspectives and research methods in human development; emphasis on student's communication and analytical skills.

Attributes: Social Science (Discovery); Social Science GP 7

HDFS 525H - Honors/Human Development

Credits: 4

Developmental information from conception through death; theoretical perspectives and research methods in human development; emphasis on student's communication and analytical skills.

Attributes: Social Science (Discovery); Social Science GP 7

HDFS 545 - Intimate Relationships and Families

Credits: 4

Theories and research relating to the family and its role in individual development.

Attributes: Social Science (Discovery); Social Science GP 7

HDFS 553 - Personal and Family Finance for Family Life Professionals

Credits: 4

Applied financial management emphasizing teaching financial issues to a variety of audiences. Topics include savings, credit, insurance and retirement, and programs and resources available to facilitate financial education.

HDFS 565 - Introduction to Child Life

Credits: 4

When facing acute, chronic, or life-threatening illness and traumatic injuries, children and families have unique needs within the medical system. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of the child life profession and family centered care. Topics include children's emotional reactions to hospitalization, use of play, preparation, and family support, designing healing environments, and specializations within the field. (Also listed as RMP 565).

HDFS 586 - Families at Risk

Credits: 4

This course is designed to look at the biological, cultural and situational factors that affect parenting in the twenty-first century. Concerns such as terrorism, disease, and media influences are discussed. Paradigms for positive parenting in a negative world are developed. The current problems of global warming, war, gangs, alcohol and drug abuse, and a depressed economy have an effect on daily life and how families cope. Possible remedies, solutions, and support networks that help families are discussed. Prereq: HDFS 545 or permission.

HDFS 605 - Child Study and Development Center Field Experience

Credits: 2 or 6

Supervised experience in the UNH Child Study and Development Center with children infancy-kindergarten, intended for students interested in early education and development. Weekly 3 hours per credit on site engaged in classroom activities as contracted with supervisor. Regular journaling and a final integrative paper on a classroom topic of interest are required. Prereq: a minimum of 12 credits in child development and education (3 credits may be taken concurrently with HDFS 605), and permission. Materials fee. May be repeated up to a total of 8 credits. Cr/F.

HDFS 623 - Developmental Perspectives on Infancy and Early Childhood

Credits: 4

Integrative view of the developing child from conception through childhood within the family context. Prereq: HDFS 525.

HDFS 624 - Developmental Perspectives on Adolescence and Early Adulthood

Credits: 4

Developmental information from pubescence through early adulthood; the concept of identity and influences on identity formation.

HDFS 625 - Adult Development and Aging

Credits: 4

Covers the general biological, psychological, and sociological theories and issues related to adult development and aging. Focuses on diversity in the process of aging and the influence of various contexts on that process. Course is helpful for students who plan to work in adult and gerontological research or in social services settings with adults, and/or those who wish to beome more knowledgeable on issues related to successful adult development and aging.

HDFS 635 - Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings

Credits: 4

Current theoretical approaches to communicating with children and influencing their behavior. Weekly four-hour laboratory experience working with preschool children is required at UNH Child and Family Center. Weekly three-hour seminar. Prereq: HDFS 525, HDFS 623; permission. Special fee.

HDFS 641 - Parenting Across the Life Span

Credits: 4

Examination of parent-child relations across a range of developmental time periods and situations. Explores issues affecting parent-child relationships. Prereq: HDFS 525, HDFS 545.

HDFS 653 - Family Economics

Credits: 4

Exploration of family economics and well being; public policy and family structure influences on the economic well being of families. Prereq: HDFS 545. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 695 - Independent Study

Credits: 1-6

Scholarly project in the area of child, family, and consumer studies. Regular conferences with supervising faculty required. Prereq: approval of departmental faculty.

HDFS 697 - Special Topics

Credits: 1-6

Focused examination of a particular theoretical, methodological, or policy issue. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credits. Prereq: permission.

HDFS 697W - Special Topics

Credits: 1-6

Focused examination of a particular theoretical, methodological, or policy issue. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credits. Prereq: permission. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 707 - Practicum

Credits: 1-6

Supervised in-depth experience in teaching, research, or advocacy in a professional setting to increase the student's understanding of children, families. 01) Child, 02) Family. Prereq: HDFS major; permission. Special fee. Cr/F.

HDFS 709 - Child Development Internship

Credits: 4

Supervised teaching internship at the UNH Child Study and Development Center with children 6 wks-6 years old age for 9 hours each week. Internship experiences include teaching, documentation, and assessment. In addition students attend a weekly one-hour seminar for an in-depth reflection and analysis of the internship experience. Prereq: HDFS 525; HDFS 623; HDFS 635; and permission. Materials fees. May be repeated up to a total of 8 credits. Special fee.

HDFS 710 - Community Internship

Credits: 1-12

Supervised position in community early childhood settings. 1) Infant-toddler assistant; 2) Preschool-child care assistant; 3) Kindergarten assistant; 4) Child Life. May be repeated up to a total of 12 credits. Section 4 requires a minimum of 8 cr. Prereq: permission. Cr/F.

HDFS 712 - Child Advocacy and Family Policy Internship

Credits: 4-8

Supervised experience working in state, federal, international, or state-wide advocacy organization or agency that advocates for children and/or families. Students spend a required number of hours per week in their selected program, based on the number of credit hours. (Spring semester, possibly Summer). Prereq: HDFS major; senior status; HDFS 525; HDFS 545; 28 credit hours of human development and family studies coursework; permission. May be taken for 4 to 8 credits. Cr/F.

HDFS 714 - Seminar for Child Advocacy and Family Policy Interns

Credits: 2

This biweekly seminar focuses on issues of concern to child advocacy and family policy internship students, and develops students' professional skills. Prereq: HDFS major, senior status; permission. (Spring semester, possibly Summer).

HDFS 733 - Supervising Programs for Young Children

Credits: 4

Philosophical bases and theoretical rationales of various programs for young children; program alternatives and resources; issues in administration including supervision, finances, and regulations. Prereq: permission. (Fall semester only.) Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 734 - Curriculum for Young Children

Credits: 4

Designing and implementing developmentally appropriate activities for young children; assessing the effectiveness of activities; evaluating materials and equipment. Prereq: HDFS 525; HDFS 623; HDFS 635. (Spring semester only.) Only open to Human Development and Family Studies and HDFS: Child and Family Studies majors. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 743 - Families, Schools, and Community

Credits: 4

Emphasizes the critical value of effective family-school-community partnerships in enhancing the education of young children. The literature assessing the interactive nature of parent and school resources with cultural influences is examined. Current models of family-school-community partnerships are explored. Students participate in parent/school/community activities within early childhood education centers and schools. Prereq: permission. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 746 - Human Sexuality

Credits: 4

Investigation of physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of human sexuality. Particular attention to various social practices, policies, and programs that affect sexual attitudes and behaviors.

HDFS 757 - Race, Class, Gender, and Families

Credits: 4

Explores the intersection of race, class, and gender in family life in the U.S. Theory, research, and other relevant literature is used to examine the variety of family configurations in our society today and the diverse experiences that families have as a result of existing social, political, and economic institutions. The strengths of various family types are considered, as well as the particular challenges these families may encounter in contemporary society. Prereq: seniors or graduate students only. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 760 - Family Programs and Policies

Credits: 4

Analyzes the connection between family support programs and family policy. Stresses program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Examines the research, theory, history, and current status of model family programs. Prereq: HDFS 545. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 771 - Observation and Assessment of Young Children

Credits: 4

Comprehensive view of various observation techniques for determining children's strengths and emerging skills. Exploration of issues regarding the use of formal assessments and testing with young children, retention and transitional placements, and the parent's role in testing. Prereq: HDFS 525; HDFS 623; HDFS 635. (Fall semester only.)

HDFS 772 - International Approaches to Child Advocacy

Credits: 4

An investigation into the rationales for advocacy, types of advocacy, advocacy techniques and strategies, and current domestic and international advocacy issues and approaches. Prereq: seniors only. Writing intensive.

HDFS 773 - International Perspectives on Children and Families

Credits: 4

An investigation of historical and modern conceptions of children and families in selected African, Asian, European, and Latin countries. Emphasis is placed on the contribution of these populations to the changing ethnic portrait of America. Prereq: seniors only.

HDFS 773W - International Perspectives on Children and Families

Credits: 4

An investigation of historical and modern conceptions of children and families in selected African, Asian, European, and Latin countries. Emphasis is placed on the contribution of these populations to the changing ethnic portrait of America. Prereq: seniors only. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 776 - Children, Adolescents and the Law

Credits: 4

This course is designed to familiarize students with the specialized laws and adjudicative systems that govern children, adolescents and families and reflect society's effort to balance competing interests and goals. It provides the chance to explore laws and processes that affect children and adolescents as they interact with their caregivers, families and society at large. Prereq: HDFS 525, HDFS 545 and HDFS 623 or HDFS 624. Open to HDFS and Justice Studies majors only. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 782 - Family Internship

Credits: 6

Supervised experience working in social, legal, and marketplace settings that offer services to families. Students spend a minimum of 15 hours per week in a selected community program. Admission by application only. Applications due prior to registration spring semester of the junior year. A senior-level course with 6 credits being taken each semester. Prereq: HDFS major; senior status; HDFS 525; HDFS 545; 20 credit hours of family studies course work; permission. Pre- or Coreq: HDFS 760. IA (continuous grading). Cr/F.

HDFS 785 - Seminar for Student Teachers

Credits: 2

Supplements the student teaching experience and effects a transition to the profession of teaching for those students admitted to the early childhood certification option.

HDFS 786 - Seminar for Student Teachers

Credits: 2

Supplements the student teaching experience and effects a transition to the profession of teaching for those students admitted to the early childhood certification option.

HDFS 788 - Student Teaching Young Children

Credits: 8

Supervised teaching experience. Students spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in a selected program for young children working with a cooperating teacher. Students must apply during the fall semester of their junior year. Prereq: HDFS major; HDFS 525; HDFS 545; HDFS 623; HDFS 635; HDFS 733; HDFS 734; HDFS 743; EDUC 706; KIN 675; MATH 601; THDA 520; permission. Coreq: HDFS 785 and HDFS 786. (Spring semester only.) Special fee. Cr/F.

HDFS 792 - Family Internship Seminar

Credits: 2

This biweekly seminar focuses on issues of concern to family internship students, provides advanced training in educational strategies for working with families, and develops students' professional skills. This is a two-semester course with 2 credits being taken each semester. Prereq: HDFS major; admission to family internship program; permission. (Fall and spring semester.) IA (continuous grading).

HDFS 792W - Family Internship Seminar

Credits: 2

This biweekly seminar focuses on issues of concern to family internship students, provides advanced training in educational strategies for working with families, and develops students' professional skills. This is a two-semester course with 2 credits being taken each semester. Prereq: HDFS major; admission to family internship program; permission. (Fall and spring semester.) IA (continuous grading). Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 794 - Families and the Law

Credits: 4

Exploration of laws effecting families and the interaction of family members with each other and with society. Prereq: HDFS 545. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

HDFS 795 - Advanced Independent Study

Credits: 4

Students in the major may undertake advanced study in child development, lifespan development or family support in cosultation with a HDFS faculty memeber. The result of the study is to be a significant written product of a quality comparable to a 700 level course. A learner/sponsor contract will be required. Prereq: permission.

HDFS 797 - Advanced Special Topics

Credits: 1-6

Highly focused examination of a particular theoretical, methodological, or policy issue. Prereq: permission.

HDFS 799 - Honors Senior Thesis

Credits: 2-4

Under direction of a faculty sponsor, students plan and carry out an independent investigative effort in an area of family, child, and/or consumer studies, resulting in a written thesis and an oral presentation before students and faculty. Prereq: majors only; senior standing; permission. Two-semester sequence as continuing course.