University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


XII--Course Descriptions

Child Studies

Department of Family Studies

For courses without semester designations, please check with the department. Advance schedules are available in the department.

21-204 Principles of Curriculum Development W(2-2)

Study of curriculum development models and methods; critical evaluation of their use in programs for young children.

Prerequisites: 21-226, 21-227.

21-211 The Exceptional Child in the Family W(3-0)

An overview of childhood exceptionalities including intellectual differences, communication disorders, sensory impairments, developmental and behaviour disorders, and health problems. Issues faced by the exceptional child as well as the parents and siblings are discussed. Also offered through distance education format.

Prerequisites: (21-227 or 80-245), 39-201.

21-226 Infant Development W(3-0)

An examination of developmental principles and milestones characterizing infant development from conception to 24 months. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the nature of the reciprocal family-infant interactions during this period, and on the societal context influencing those interactions. Also offered through distance education format.

Prerequisites: 80-120, 86-110.

21-227 Development in Early and Middle Childhood F(3-0)

Examination of development in the early and middle childhood years, with emphasis on family and societal contexts.

Prerequisites: 39-101 or (80-120, 86-110).

21-308 Adolescent Development W(3-0)

An examination of psychosocial development in adolescence, emphasizing physiological, social and emotional changes. Also offered through distance education format.

Prerequisites: 21-226 or 21-227 or 80-245.

21-310 Child and Family Poverty W(3-0)

An examination of the research dealing with children for whom environmental conditions constitute a serious impediment to later development; a consideration of appropriate policies and practices.

Prerequisites: 21-211, 71-101.

21-316 Principles of Assessment and Intervention W(2-2)

Principles and theories of assessment and evaluation as these relate to the child, the family and to child oriented intervention, educational and social service programs.

Prerequisites: 21-211, 39-307.
Exclusions: 21-416.

21-317 Practicum--Child Studies I F,W(3-8)

Seminar and supervised experience with children. The practicum will be designed to demonstrate the application of theory studied earlier in the program. It will also provide opportunities for working directly with young people while examining such topics as the role of the teacher, teacher-child interaction, and program implementation. Students wishing to enroll in this course must consult with the Professor-in-Charge of the department's Laboratory Schools during course selection.

For courses without semester designations, please check with the department. Advance schedules are available in the department.

Prerequisites: 21-227, 39-201, 71-101.

21-400 Issues in Child and Family Welfare F,W(3-0)

A critical examination of some current issues (e.g. child abuse, single parent families, delinquency) in child and family welfare. Special attention is given to the agencies which deal with the social problems of children and families.

Prerequisites: 39-304.

21-411 to 21-413 Topics in Child Studies (3-0)

Lecture-discussion or seminar on a selected topic in Child Studies. To be conducted by regular or visiting faculty with expertise in the area. Students should check with the Department of Family Studies to determine the topic of study.

Prerequisites: This will be specified in relation to particular topics offered.

21-4151:2 Practicum--Child Studies II F,W(2-8:1-8)

Seminar and experience with children in an appropriate field setting to be assigned by the department. Emphasis will be upon developing, implementing and evaluating program plans for children in educational and community settings. Students will acquire communication and interactive skills with children and adults. Students wishing to enrol in the course must consult with the course instructor during the course selection period. This is a double-weighted course. When you select it, you must list both 21-4151 and 21-4152 in the same semester.

Prerequisites: 21-317.
Exclusions: 21-415.

21-420 Senior Seminar on the Exceptional Child W(3-0)

Reports and seminar discussion of current topics relating to the exceptional child. The Seminar will integrate the knowledge gained from previous courses and recent research papers. Offered primarily for students who have elected the related Child Studies emphasis.

Prerequisites: 21-211, 21-400.

21-421 Senior Seminar in Early Education and Care F(3-0)

The study of the historical and philosophical basis of programs for young children evaluated from a developmental perspective. Emphasis will be on current approaches and programs and contemporary issues in early childhood programming.

Prerequisites: 21-317.

21-427 Administration of Programs for Children and Youth W(3-0)

A study of the roles and responsibilities of administrators in programs for children and youth with emphasis on the development of appropriate policies and procedures; management of human and financial resources; and internal and external communication within the context of multidisciplinary settings. Attention will be given to quality assurance, professional ethics, and continuing professional development.

Prerequisites: 30 course credits including 21-204, 21-317.

21-430 Observational Methods W(3-0)

An examination of direct observation as a strategy for collecting information on behaviour in research and applied settings. Students will obtain training in the theory and skills of observing, recording, interpreting data and communicating findings in written reports. Examples from the study of children's social development will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: (21-226 or 21-227 or 80-245), (39-307 or 80-236 ).

21-481 Child Studies Thesis I (3-0)

Planning, developing, and writing a research proposal under individual faculty supervision. Topic to be decided by the student in consultation with the supervisory faculty member before course selection or registration in the course.

Prerequisites: 39-307 consent of the instructor is required.

21-4911:2 Child Studies Thesis II (3-0:3-0)

The student will conduct and write an undergraduate thesis under the direction of a faculty member. This is a double-weighted course. When you select it, you must list both 21-4911 and 21-4912 in the same semester.

Prerequisites: 21-481.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
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