Course Descriptions

HDE 200A. Early Development (4) - Jay Belsky   Fall 2020

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing; basic biology or physiology; one upper division course in psychology or a related field; one upper division or graduate course in developmental psychology (may be taken concurrently). Theory and research on the biological, social, cognitive, and cultural aspects of development from conception to the age of five years.

HDE 200B. Middle Childhood and Adolescence (4) - Amanda Guyer  Winter 2021

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing; basic biology or physiology, and at least two upper division or graduate-level courses in psychology or related fields. Theory and research on biological, cognitive, social, and cultural influences on behavioral development from age five years until late adolescence.

HDE 200C. Development in Adulthood (4) - Lisa Miller  Spring 2021

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: courses 200A and 200B. Theory and research focusing on social, personality, cognitive, and biological development from early to late adulthood. Emphasis is on theory development and continuity and change.

HDE 204. Developmental Neuroscience and Adolescent Psychopathology (4)  

Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in Human Development, Psychology, Education, Neuroscience or consent of instructor. Introduction to human developmental neuroscience. Understanding of adolescence and its characterization as a time of risky and unhealthy behavior and vulnerability to onset of mental disorder as well as issues around plasticity of the adolescent brain and prevention/intervention. Offered in alternate years.

HDE 205. Longitudinal Data Analysis (4) Siwei Liu Spring 2021

Lecture - 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSC 204B or equivalent graduate courses in statistics or consent of instructor; familiarity with multiple regression and the basics of matrix algebra. Introduction to longitudinal data manipulation, organization, description, and modeling in the multilevel modeling and structural equation modeling frameworks.

HDE 207. Topics in Applied Cognitive Aging (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Human Development Graduate Group, Psychology, Education, or a related social science, or consent of the instructor. Apply principles from cognitive aging to real-world concerns in areas such as education, technology, job performance, and health. Examine how physical and social changes occurring in later life impact functioning. Offered in alternate years.

HDE 210. Theories of Behavioral Development (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing in behavioral sciences. Consideration of enduring issues in theories of behavioral development; analysis of adequacy of major theoretical schools (e.g., social learning, Piagetian) as scientific theories. Offered in alternate years.

HDE 211. Physiological Correlates of Behavioral Development (4)

Seminar—3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. An overview of mechanisms of organismic development and the implications of developmental biology for the analysis of behavioral ontogeny; consideration of parallels between processes of organismic development and behavioral development in children and infra-human mammals.

HDE 220. Research Methods in Human Growth and Development (4) - Maciel Hernandez   Winter 2021

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: Statistics 13 or the equivalent and at least two upper division courses in human biology or developmental psychology. Theory and research methods in biological growth, and cognitive and social/emotional development from prenatal period to death.

HDE 231. Issues in Cognitive and Linguistic Development (3)

Seminar—3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Study and evaluation of key issues in the theoretical and empirical literature on cognitive and linguistic development.

HDE 232. Cognition and Aging (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 200C. The manner in which cognitive processes are affected by aging as well as an understanding of the changes in the central nervous system occurring with aging. Offered in alternate years.

HDE 234. Children's Learning and Thinking (3) 

Seminar—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 200A or Psychology 212 recommended. Analysis of theories, research methods, and major findings of children's higher order cognition, including origins of knowledge, development of problem solving skills, reasoning strategies, and scientific concepts, with an emphasis on the underlying mechanism involved in children's thinking and learning processes. Offered in alternate years.

HDE 238. The Context of Individual Development (3)

Prerequisite: graduate standing in Human Development, Child Development, Education, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, or consent of instructor. Analysis of human development within the context of daily life. Contextualizing theories and methods of developmental psychology will be distinguished from contextual theories and methods. Developmental psychology models will be distinguished from child psychology models. Offered in alternate years.

HDE 239. Developmental Psychopathology (4) 

This course covers foundational principles and current issues in developmental psychopathology, such as risk and resilience, continuity and discontinuity, comorbidity, and appropriate methods for studying mental illnesses in children and adolescents. 

HDE 240. Peer Relationships During Adolescence (4)  Adrienne Nishina   Fall 2020

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Human Development, Psychology, Education, or consent of instructor. Course examines the role of peer relationships in adolescent development including forms and functions at the individual, dyadic and group levels. Ethnicity and cross cultural research will be discussed. Emphasis on methodology, including surveys, peer nominations/sociometrics, experimental, and observational designs.

HDE 250. Current Research on Family Relationships (4)

Lecture/discussion—6 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Human Development Graduat Group, Psychology, Sociology, a related social science, or permission of the instructor. Discussion of theories, methods, and current research on the nature and development of sibling, romantic, and parent-child relationships across the lifespan. Emphasis on interpersonal and family processes examined in ethnic/cultural contexts. Implications for individual development will be addressed.

HDE 252. Family Research, Programs and Policy (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, related social sciences, or consent of instructor. Course examines the competing interests of research, policy, and service on current issues of family functioning and individual well being. The course considers communication barriers between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Offered in alternate years.

HDE 290. Seminar (3)

Seminar—3 hours. Discussion and evaluation of theories, research, and issues in human development. Different topics each quarter.

HDE 290C. Research Conference (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. Supervising instructors lead research discussions with their graduate students. Research papers are reviewed and project proposals are presented and evaluated. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

HDE 291. Research Issues in Human Development (4) -  Jennifer Falbe   Fall 2020

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the behavioral sciences. In-depth presentations of research issues in particular areas of behavioral development.

HDE 292. Graduate Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and satisfactory completion of placement relevant courses (for example, Education 213, 216, course 222, 241, 242, Law 272, 273). Individually designed supervised internship, off campus, in community or institutional setting. Developed with advice of faculty mentor. (S/U grading only.)

HDE 298. Group Study (1-15)

Childhood Experience, Reproductive Strategy, Health and Longevity: Human Development in Evolutionary Perspective

This course will introduce human development and other graduate students to life-history theory, an evolutionary perspective central to the field of behavioral ecology, while illuminating the role of childhood experiences (e.g., poverty, harsh parenting) in shaping sexual maturation (i.e., pubertal timing) and behavior (e.g., age of first sex), reproduction (e.g., teen parenthood), as well as health and longevity (e.g., cardiovascular risk, allostatic load, inflammation, telomeres). The fundamental goal of the course is to cast childhood and adolescence in evolutionary perspective, especially with regard to how developmental experiences and contexts shape—when and if they do—individual differences in the development of reproduction and health.

HDE 299. Research (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

HDE 396. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)