University of Guelph 1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions

Family Relations and Human Development

Department of Family Studies

These courses support three majors offered by the Department of Family Studies: Child Studies, Family and Social Relations, and Gerontology.

39-101 Human Development F(3-0) [0.50]

An introduction to the study of the development of the individual throughout the life cycle. Emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships between physiological, sociological and psychological aspects of normal human development.

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39-201 Couple and Family Relationships W(3-0) [0.50]

A survey of family dynamics throughout the life course, emphasizing themes of power, intimacy and family diversity. Topics may include; gender socialization, sexuality, mate selection, communication, abuse, couple interaction, parent-child relations, divorce, remarriage. (Also offered through distance education format.)

Prerequisites: 39-101 or (80-120, 86-110).
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39-204 Play and Programming for Young Children W(2-2) [0.50]

This course will examine the elements involved in planning and implementing quality play-based programs for young children. Some of the issues include: the role of the teacher, meeting developmental needs, the materials and the organization of the environment, and instructional strategies. The course will involve a workshop component.

Prerequisites: 39-226, 39-227.
Formerly: 21-204.
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39-206 Adult Development and Aging W(3-0) [0.50]

An overview of major theoretical approaches, research issues and methodologies, and significant research findings which relate to adult development and aging.

Prerequisites: 39-101 or 80-120 or 86-110.
Exclusions: 80-206.
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39-210 Development of Human Sexuality F(3-0) [0.50]

A social scientific analysis of human sexuality. Emphasis will be placed on the development of sexuality within an interpersonal context. (Also offered through distance education format.)

Prerequisites: [5.00] credits, including at least 1 of 39-101, 80-110, 80-120, 86-110.
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39-211 The Exceptional Child in the Family W(3-0) [0.50]

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: (39-227 or 80-245), 39-201.
Formerly: 21-211.
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39-226 Infant Development W(3-0) [0.50]

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.
Formerly: 21-226.
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39-227 Development in Early and Middle Childhood F(3-0) [0.50]

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).
Formerly: 21-227.
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39-304 Parenting: Research and Applications F(3-0) [0.50]

A study of research concerning parent-child relationships, primarily in North American society.

Prerequisites: 39-201, (39-227 or 80-245).
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39-306 Principles of Social Gerontology F(3-0) [0.50]

A study of social and health aspects of individual and population aging, including theories and implications for understanding and working with the elderly.

Prerequisites: [10.00] credits, including 39-201 or 86-310.
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39-307 Research Methods - Family Studies F(2-2) [0.50]

A critical examination of research methods in family studies.

Prerequisites: [10.00] credits.
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39-308 Adolescent Development W(3-0) [0.50]

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

Prerequisites: 39-226 or 39-227 or 80-245.
Formerly: 21-308.
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39-309 Child and Family Poverty W(3-0) [0.50]

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: 39-211, 71-101.
Formerly: 21-310.
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39-312 Families in Canadian Context W(3-0) [0.50]

Canadian families are studied from a structural perspective and are placed in social and historical context. Topics include structural variations in family form, work roles within and outside the family, the structural significance of marriage and parenthood, and social policies affecting families.

Prerequisites: 39-201.
Exclusions: 86-310.
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39-316 Principles of Assessment and Intervention W(2-2) [0.50]

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: 39-211, 39-307.
Formerly: 21-316.
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39-317 Practicum--Child Studies I F,W(3-8) [0.50]

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 instructor during course selection.

Prerequisites: 39-227, 39-201, 71-101.
Formerly: 21-317.
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39-340 Communication in Family Consultation S,F,W(3-0) [0.50]

Examination and analysis of the theories and methods of communication as applied within the processes of family counselling and consultation.

Prerequisites: [10.00] credits, including 39-201.
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39-402 Family Theory F(3-0) [0.50]

An analysis of theoretical approaches and concepts in the study of the family.

Prerequisites: [12.50] credits, including 39-201.
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39-406 Practicum-Family Studies I F(2-8) [0.50]

An interdisciplinary focus on the family and its relation to the community. Consideration of community resources through field experiences. Students wishing to enrol in this course must consult with the instructor during course selection.

Prerequisites: 39-340.
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39-407 to 39-409 Topics in Family Relations and Human Development (3-0) [0.50]

Lecture-discussion or seminar on a selected topic in family 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 what topic will be offered during specific semesters and which prerequisites, if any, are appropriate.

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39-410 Dynamics of Group and Family Functioning F(2-2) [0.50]

An exploration of group processes through participation and laboratory groups. Group theory and current techniques used in group and family counselling will also be reviewed in lectures. Primarily for Family and Social Relations majors. 80-231 is recommended.

Prerequisites: 39-304 or 39-340.
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39-413 Issues in Child and Family Welfare F,W(3-0) [0.50]

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.
Formerly: 21-400.
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39-416 Issues in Social Gerontology F(3-0) [0.50]

A critical examination of selected issues affecting the well-being of the elderly in Canada. Topics will include such issues as the nature and types of community support systems for the aged, and institutionalization and its alternatives.

Prerequisites: 39-306.
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39-417 Practicum--Child Studies II F,W(4:16) [1.00]

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.

Prerequisites: 39-317.
Formerly: 39-4171:2
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39-420 Issues in Human Sexuality W(3-0) [0.50]

An advanced analysis of sexual development. Specific attention will be given to sexual problems, and the concepts, methods and issues associated with sex education and counselling.

Prerequisites: 39-201, 39-210 and [1.00] credit at the 300 level in Family and Social Relations, Psychology or Sociology.
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39-421 Senior Seminar in Early Education and Care F(3-0) [0.50]

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: 39-317.
Formerly: 21-421
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39-422 Senior Seminar on the Exceptional Child W(3-0) [0.50]

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: 39-211, 39-413.
Formerly: 21-420
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39-426 The Aged, Family Relations, and Social Policy W(3-0) [0.50]

An examination of aging and adult development in relation to social policy with special reference to families.

Prerequisites: 39-306.
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39-427 Administration of Programs for Children and Youth W(3-0) [0.50]

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: [15.00] credits, including 39-204, 39-317.
Formerly: 21-427
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39-428 Practicum - Family Studies II W(2-8) [0.50]

Seminar and supervised field placement in health and social service agencies. The practicum and seminar will further develop and expand students' helping roles in agencies and the integration and application of theoretical knowledge from previous course work with practice. Students wishing to enrol in this course must consult with the instructor during the course selection period.

Prerequisites: 39-406.
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39-430 Observational Methods W(3-0) [0.50]

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: (39-226 or 39-227 or 80-245), (39-307 or 80-236 ).
Formerly: 21-430.
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39-481 Thesis I (3-0) [0.50]

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 she/he may course select or register for the course.

Prerequisites: 39-307, consent of the instructor is required.
Formerly: 21-481
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39-491 Thesis II (6-0) [1.00]

The student will conduct and write an undergraduate thesis under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisites: 39-481.
Formerly: 39-4911:2
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