University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


X--Degree Programs

Child Studies

Department of Family Studies, College of Family and Consumer Studies.

The Child Studies major, administered by the Department of Family Studies, examines the growth and development of children and adolescents, and the psychological, social and physical conditions which influence human development. A background in the social and biological sciences provides a base for more focused study on particular areas of child development. Through the effective use of elective courses, the core requirements in the major can be supplemented to create a program of study which will prepare graduates for a variety of career patterns in children's services. Graduates are pursuing child-related careers in a variety of settings, including family and community service agencies, children's treatment facilities, paediatric wards in hospitals, elementary schools, and child care centres.

The Child Studies major, all students must include the following core of 25 required courses and 4 restricted elective courses to a minimum of 40 passed courses. Students are encouraged to plan their use of electives carefully in order to focus their program on one or a combination of the career options open to graduates. Active discussion with a departmental advisor regarding the various choices possible from within the major is strongly recommended. Students will normally register for courses according to the semesters indicated below for Fall and Winter sequencing. Students who register for Spring semesters and other students for whom the semester offerings present difficulty may, where they have the approval of their departmental advisor, take some courses in alternative semesters.


Semester 1

80-110 Principles of Behaviour
80-120 Dynamics of Behaviour
86-110 Sociology
One of 37-120, 37-140, 44-120.
One elective or restricted elective.

Note: one course must be 15-102 if the student does not have standing in OAC Biology or equivalent.

Semester 2

21-226 Infant Development
39-201 Couple and Family Relationships
40-100 Concepts in Human Genetics
71-101 Nutrition and Society
One elective or restricted elective.

Semester 3

21-227 Development in Early and Middle Childhood
26-202 Information Management
71-205 Family and Community Nutrition
77-221 Concepts of Physiology
89-208 Introductory Applied Statistics I

Semester 4

21-204 Principles of Curriculum Development
21-211 The Exceptional Child in the Family
21-308 Adolescent Development
39-206 Adult Development and Aging
89-209 Introductory Applied Statistics II

Semester 5

21-317 Practicum--Child Studies I (5 OR 6)
39-304 Parenting: Research and Applications
39-307 Research Methods - Family Studies
39-340 Communication in Family Consultation
One or 2 electives or restricted electives.

Semester 6

21-316 Principles of Assessment and Intervention
Three or 4 electives or restricted electives.

Semester 7

21-4151:2 Practicum--Child Studies II
Three or 5 electives or restricted electives.

Semester 8

Three or 5 electives or restricted electives.

Restricted Electives

In addition to the 25 required courses, 4 additional courses must be taken as follows:

Three courses from the Department of Family Studies, including 2 at the 400 level in Child Studies (21-), and 1 at the 400 level in Family Studies (39-).
One of:
74-206 Philosophy of Feminism
85-220 Introduction to Women's Studies
86-340 Sociology of Gender Roles


There are 11 electives throughout the major which may be fulfilled by electing courses in any subject provided that the student has the prerequisite courses and can schedule them.

Some elective courses are intended to contribute to a liberal education while others permit students to work towards specific academic and career goals by making their own selection of electives to coordinate with the core requirements.

Note: Students intending to apply for admission to a graduate program should include among their electives both 21-481 and 21-4911:2.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Applied Science -- B.A.Sc.

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