This course provides an overview of individual development from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Social, cognitive, spiritual, and personality development are covered through the life span, including childhood, adolescence, adulthood and later life. These topics are explored through both a biblical worldview as well as through the perspective of a human service worker.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course is designed to encourage the student to understand and critique human development models and theories in light of a Christian worldview as well as to interact with some significant contemporary issues in human development as they relate to Scripture. Additionally, this course will provide the student with an understanding of the physical, mental, emotional, sociocultural, and spiritual aspects of human development while examining one’s own developmental issues.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will discuss case studies, apply theoretical application, and dialogue with classmates about development related topics. Each discussion thread must at least 250 words and must include integration of insight from the textbook and 2 other scholarly sources. In addition to the thread, each student will be required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must consist of at least 150 words. Replies must integrate insight from at least 1 scholarly reference. (CLO: A, B, C, D, F, H, I)
Impact Assignments (2)
The student will have the opportunity to select from a list of topics related to development. The focus of this assignment is on situational and environmental elements that impact normal development. (CLO: A, C, D, F, G, H, I)
Impact Paper Assignment: The student will select a topic and develop a 6-page paper (including the title page and reference page) on the topic. The student must use the textbook and at least 3 scholarly sources of information to inform his/her writing.
Impact PowerPoint Assignment: The student will develop a 15-slide PowerPoint (including the title slide and reference slide) on his/her development topic. The student will develop the presentation as if he/she were presenting it to a client population who needs to know more about the chosen topic because it impacts individuals in their families. The PowerPoint presentation must be submitted to the submission link as well as a Discussion. The student will peer review 2 classmates’ presentations.
Developmental Analysis Assignments (2)
The student will discuss his/her own development over his/her lifetime and how it relates to the developmental concepts discussed throughout this course. The purpose of this paper is for the student to demonstrate an ability to apply a working knowledge of the theories, terminology, and concepts of human growth and development by identifying his/her life as it relates to key human growth and development concepts. The student will incorporate empirical studies related to development, readings, and videos. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)
Developmental Analysis: Childhood and Adolescence Assignment
The student will follow the instructions and assignment template to create an analysis of his/her childhood and adolescence as it relates to specific theories and developmental principles. This assignment must be at least 8 pages (including the title page and reference page), be in current APA format, and must integrate insight from the textbook and at least 3 scholarly sources.
Developmental Analysis: Adulthood Assignment
The student will follow the instructions and assignment template to create an analysis of his/her adulthood as it relates to specific theories and developmental principles. This assignment must be at least 8 pages (including the title page and reference page), be in current APA format, and must integrate insight from the textbook and at least 3 scholarly sources.
This course will have 3 quizzes. Each quiz will cover the Textbook material for the assigned modules. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 questions, and have a 2.5 hour time limit. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)