HDEC 104 - Human Development II

This course provides the student with an introduction to the concepts, theories, research methods, and findings relevant to the study of human development during adulthood. Major developmental theories and issues are reviewed as well as socioemotional development in adolescence. Dying and bereavement is examined. Emphasis is placed on the application of life-span principles and concepts in individual and social contexts.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15


HDEC 100 and HDEC 101



Non-Course Prerequisites:
Ministry of Justice Schedule B CRC (works with children).




Course Content:
- Review of Basic Concepts, Research Methods and Major Theories associated with the study of Human Development
- Transition of Adolescents to Adulthood
- Development in Young Adulthood
- Development in Middle Adulthood
- Development in Later Adulthood
- Dying and Bereavement



Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:
- Describe characteristics of primary and secondary characteristics of aging.
- Describe the characteristics of emerging adulthood.
- Explain adult development from major theoretical perspectives.
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts and research relevant to development during adulthood.
- Examine definitional and ethical issues relevant to death.
- Examine perspectives of death from different points in the life span.
- Examine the process of dying.
- Examine the process of bereavement.
- Apply basic concepts of human development to life experiences and in work relationships with adults in early childhood and education environments.


- Maintain a professional and collegial attitude in course discussion and assignment work
- Recognize and respect cultural and family diversity in human development, considerations of death and bereavement

- Identify major theories as they relate to adult development.
- Demonstrate an understanding of physical and cognitive development in young, middle, and late adulthood
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of social and personality development in young, middle, and late adulthood.
- Explore and demonstrate a basic understanding of some of the main issues relevant to work and leisure in young, middle, and late adulthood.
- Identify some of the unique challenges faced in young middle and late adulthood.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the meaning of death across the lifespan, the main issues relevant to palliative care, and the process of dying and bereavement as they affect individuals across the life span.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Course Comments:

Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry Competencies:
   A-3 (ethical research)
   A-4 (basic systems theory)


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.