HDEC 104 - Human Development 2

This course provides the student with an introduction to the theories, concepts, 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. The effects of heredity and environment, and ethical issues relevant to the research of development, are also presented.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15


Acceptance into the Early Childhood Education and Care or Education Assistant programs
HDEC 101 Human Development 1

OR by permission of the Instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Major Theories, Issues and Research Strategies for Human Development.
- Transition of Adolescents to Adulthood
- Development in Young and Middle Adulthood
- Development in Young and Middle Adulthood
- Development in Later Adulthood

- Dying and Bereavement


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:
- Define and identify role transitions marking adulthood
- Explain main aspects of adult development from major theoretical perspectives
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts and research relevant to development during adulthood
- Identify ethical issues relevant to death and dying
- Discuss perspectives of death from different points in the life span
- Define the process of dying
- List and define the stages of bereavement

- Reflect on and apply basic concepts of human development to life experiences

- 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

- Apply basic human development theory and concepts to practice in work with adults in early childhood and education environments


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.