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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Graduate Courses

Topics in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 7001 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Selected current topics in field of interest.

Problems

  • HDFS 7085 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Independent work on special problems in human development and family studies. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Children in Health Care Settings

  • HDFS 7100 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Overview of the medical conditions and treatments commonly encountered by children and adolescents in health care settings and their typical reactions to them. Introduction to the philosophy and the role of the child life profession. Prerequisites: HDFS 2400 and HDFS 2420 or equivalent.

Child Life Theory and Practice

  • HDFS 7110 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Focuses on theoretical foundations and principal intervention strategies used in Child Life professional practice. Prerequisites: HDFS 3420 and HDFS 3500 and instructor's consent.

Child Life Practicum

  • HDFS 7130 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Observation of Child Life staff at Children's Hospital and experience helping children and adolescents cope with hospitalization. Prerequisites: HDFS 3500 and HDFS 3700, consent required.

Foundations of Youth Development

  • HDFS 7231 (1 Credit Hours)
  • This course provides an introduction to the field of youth development and the professions that include youth work. This course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge that students will need to begin any course in the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development programs. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Basic Grant Development and Management

  • HDFS 7233 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course introduces students to grant development and management. This short-course is not intended to cover all aspects of grant development and management, but it will help students gain confidence in their grant development abilities and inspire them to learn more. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Adolescents and their Families

  • HDFS 7234 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course explores adolescent development in the context of the family. The bi-directional influences between adolescents and their families will be examined. Implications for professionals working with youth and families will be explored and highlighted. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Administration and Program Management

  • HDFS 7235 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course introduces students to the development, administration and management of youth-serving organizations. Prerequisite: graduate standing required. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Federal and State Policies that Impact Youth Development

  • HDFS 7236 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course examines various federal and state policies that effect developmental opportunities for youth. Course participants will also examine not only how policies are developed, but also why. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Youth Cultures and the Cultures of Youth

  • HDFS 7237 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course examines the cultural contexts that affect youth from within and outside the family. Students will study social, ethnic, and educational processes that affect youth, and they will examine how history has shaped the current cultural climate of the U.S. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Community Youth Development

  • HDFS 7239 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course focuses on community youth development from a strength-based or developmental asset approach. This approach encompasses both individual development and interrelationships with social environments. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Youth Development

  • HDFS 7240 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course introduces the developmental period of adolescence. Emphasis will be on developmental tasks of this life stage and influences of family and home, school, peers and other contextual forces. Prerequisite: graduate standing required. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Adult Development

  • HDFS 7252 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course presents a life-span, multidisciplinary developmental framework that considers sociohistorical influences, individual differences, and concern for promoting optimal functioning. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Aging Policy

  • HDFS 7255 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Policy development in the context of the economic status of the elderly populations. Retirement planning and the retirement decision; Social Security and public transfer programs for the elderly; intrafamily transfers to/from the elderly; private pensions; financing medical care for the elderly; prospects and issues for the for the future. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Environments and Aging

  • HDFS 7256 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of attributes of physical environments that support special needs of older people and application of this knowledge to the design and management of housing, institutional settings, neighborhoods and communities. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Aging in the Family

  • HDFS 7257 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Theories and research related to personal and family adjustments in later life affecting older persons and their inter-generational relationships. Related issues including demographics are also examined through the use of current literature. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Mental Health and Aging

  • HDFS 7259 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Student is introduced to the range of issues utilizing several theoretical perspectives and the systems framework. Major mental, emotional, and psychiatric problems encountered in old age are examined, along with normal processes of aging individual's personality, mental and brain functions. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Women and Aging

  • HDFS 7260 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Women and aging is the study of theory, research and application of issues related to women and the aging experience. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Biological Principles of Aging

  • HDFS 7261 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course will give an overview of the normal aging process of the human body systems, environmental factors influencing normal aging, diseases and disorders associated with aging. A special topics unit will include but is not limited to interviews and observations dealing with the aging process in humans. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Long-Term Care Administration

  • HDFS 7262 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Provides information for persons interested in leadership role in long-term care, or for those considering careers intersecting with senior living organizations. Also considers long-term care options. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Black Families

  • HDFS 7300 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as BL_STU 7300). Emphasis is on the unique social, economic, religious, educational, and political environments that have affected the structure and function of the black families. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200 or equivalent.

Childhood Death and Bereavement

  • HDFS 7400 (3 Credit Hours)
  • An exploration of issues that arise for children and families when families when facing terminal illness or death. The course also includes an examination of coping and helping strategies for dying and grieving children. Prerequisites: HDFS 2400 and HDFS 3420.

Problems of Development in Multicultural Context

  • HDFS 7470 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Within the context of socio-cultural diversity, this course covers developmental problems from conception to early adulthood. Theoretical and empirical contributions to classification, assessment, intervention, and public policy are emphasized. Prerequisites: H D FS 2400, 1600, 2300, and 2420, or instructor's consent.

Development and Administration of Child Services Programs

  • HDFS 7570 (3 Credit Hours)
  • The development of leadership and management skills for administering community-and-hospital-based programs for children. Includes an overview of office policy and procedures, staff and volunteer management, public relations, budgeting, accounts, accountability, and quality assurance. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200 or equivalent, HDFS 3600 or HDFS 3700, or instructor's consent.

Resilience in Families

  • HDFS 7600 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Exploration of the evolution of a resilience approach to the study of families and human development. Using a lifespan approach, students will explore resilience across time as well as within special populations such as families experiencing crisis and trauma, culturally diverse families, and military families. Graded on A-F basis only.

Stress and Resilience in Families

  • HDFS 7610 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Introduction to the study of stressor events in families, such as poverty, violence within families, substance abuse, and health problems. Emphasis is on both prevention and coping.

Family Interaction

  • HDFS 7620 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Analysis of intrafamilial interaction from a systems perspective; includes comparative study of family paradigms, family subsystems, goals, and resources, boundaries, and patterns of feedback. Prerequisites: graduate standing and H D FS 1600 and 2200 or equivalent; or instructor's consent.

The Process of Divorce

  • HDFS 7630 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of theory and research related to marital dissolution. The impact of divorce on children and adults, and divorce intervention strategies will be considered. Prerequisites: HDFS 1600, and HDFS 2200 or equivalent; or instructor's consent.

Interpersonal Relationships

  • HDFS 7640 (3 Credit Hours)
  • In-depth examination of interpersonal relationships, including theoretical perspectives, research methods, relationship forms, relationship processes, and how context affects relationships. Students will also be introduced to the field of close relationships.

Family Crisis Intervention

  • HDFS 7650 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Individuals and families in crises are examined. Focus is on grief and loss, substance abuse, family violence, and suicidal ideation. Examination of evidence-based preventions and treatments and community resources for those affected by stress, trauma, and crises. Graded on A-F basis only.

Family Resource Management

  • HDFS 7690 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Survey course of personal finance and family resource management literature to provide an overview of how individual and family members develop and exercise their capacity to obtain and manage resources to meet life needs. Resources include the self, other people, time, money, energy, material assets, space, and environment. Graded on A-F basis only.

Child and Family Advocacy

  • HDFS 7720 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Study of the processes of social policies, legislation, and regulations affecting children and families at the local, state and federal levels. The course emphasizes current issues and need for citizen involvement. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Physical Function and Older Adults

  • HDFS 7750 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as F_C_MD 7750, ARCHST 7640, HMI 7750, NURSE 7750, P_HLTH 7750, and SOC_WK 7752). This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and improving the physical function and independence of older adults and explores approaches to alleviate disabling conditions that interfere with physical function and quality of life in old age. Graded on A-F basis only.

Psychosocial Function and Older Adults

  • HDFS 7751 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as ARCHST 7650, F_C_MD 7751, HMI 7751, NURSE 7751, P_HLTH 7751 and SOC_WK 7751). This course takes an Interdisciplinary approach to understanding the psychosocial function of older adults and explores approaches to alleviate disabling conditions that interfere with psychosocial function and quality of life in old age. Graded on A-F basis only.

Program and Curriculum Design for FACS Education in Middle and Secondary School

  • HDFS 7800 (3 Credit Hours)
  • What should a teacher do about planning for student learning in FACS? Includes objectives, lesson designs, resources, learner diversity, thinking skills, reasoning processes, articulation, legislation. Prerequisites: ESC_PS 2010 and SPC_ED 4020 or equivalent. Admission to Phase II, and instructor's consent.

Assessment in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

  • HDFS 7820 (2 Credit Hours)
  • What should a teacher do to determine the extent to which program/lesson objectives have been achieved? Includes the selection, design, and use of a wide variety of assessment tools and techniques, and the impact of assessment on the evaluation of learners and program design. Prerequisites: admission into Phase II, HDFS 4800, and instructor's consent.

Methods of Teaching FACS in Middle and Secondary Schools

  • HDFS 7830 (3 Credit Hours)
  • What should a teacher do to help students achieve learner objectives? Includes classroom management strategies, choosing and using instructional methods to stimulate thinking skills and reasoning processes, communication skills, professionalism, and public relations. Prerequisites: admission into Phase II, and instructor's consent.

Field Experience in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

  • HDFS 7940 (1 Credit Hours)
  • Students will observe and assist in FACS classroom. Co-requisites: HDFS 4800, and instructor's consent.

Field Experience in Family and Consumer Sciences

  • HDFS 7941 (1 Credit Hours)
  • Students will be involved in real-world experiences in a FACS classroom. Co-requisites: HDFS 4820, HDFS 4830, and instructor's consent

Student Teaching FACS in Middle and Secondary Schools

  • HDFS 7942 (15 Credit Hours)
  • What guided practicum experiences will directly contribute to success as a classroom teacher? Students will teach for sixteen weeks within the state of Missouri under the supervision of an experienced FACS teacher. Prerequisites: HDFS 4800,HDFS 4820, HDFS 4830, instructor's consent.

Topics in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 8001 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Selected current topics in field of interest.

Family Dynamics and Intervention

  • HDFS 8012 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as NURSE 8010). Theories of family function and dysfunction; techniques of assessment; models of family intervention. Practicum with selected families. Prerequisite: NURSE 7100.

Problems in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 8085 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Independent work on special problems in human development and family studies. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

Seminar in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 8087 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Seminar in selected topics in human development and family studies.

Research in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 8090 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Independent research not leading to a thesis. Report required. Graded on S/U basis only.

Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services

  • HDFS 8100 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course provides an introduction to the field of family studies and related professions that involve working with individuals and families in communities. This course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge that students will need in the Great Plains IDEA family and Community Services program. This course is organized around theory, research, and practice of Family Studies. Graded on A-F basis only.

Developmental Perspectives on Health and Illness

  • HDFS 8110 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Seminar on child and adolescent development as applied to illness and hospitalization, with a focus on applying psychosocial research and theory in work with pediatric populations. Graded on A-F only. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: instructor consent; coursework in human development and experience with pediatric populations.

Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 8200 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of the rationale for conducting scientific research; various research methods pertinent to the study of individuals over the life span, close relationships, marriages, and families; hypothesis formulation; selection of appropriate designs, instrumentation, and analysis. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Theories of Human Development

  • HDFS 8210 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Major theories of life span human development. Attention given to structure, content, and major research critiqued for theoretical strengths. Prerequisites: 6 hours of 300-level Behavioral Sciences courses or instructor's consent.

Family Theories

  • HDFS 8220 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Reviews existing family theories, their assumptions, values, propositions, and applications. Examines processes of theory testing and construction and linkages between theory and research. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Gerontechnology

  • HDFS 8221 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Population aging is combining with technological advancement to create and change the world of modern older people, their families, and their communities. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of the biological, environmental, and social spheres where technology and gerontology meet. Graded on A-F basis only.

Creativity and Aging

  • HDFS 8222 (3 Credit Hours)
  • What happens to creativity as a person ages? This unique class will help students to understand developmental and pathological changes in the brain that can lead to changes in creative output over time. Through hands-on experiences and direct association with older adults, students will grow an appreciation for creativity produced and inspired by older people. This course is intended to provide experiences that will help the student to be able to create art programs for older adults. Graded on A-F basis only.

Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research

  • HDFS 8232 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course will help youth development professionals understand and evaluate the quality of research reports. Students will learn the basics of quantitative and qualitative research approaches that will enable them to understand, evaluate, and critique research articles reported in newspaper, journals or other sources. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Adolescents and their Families

  • HDFS 8234 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course explores adolescent development in the context of the family. The bi-directional influences between adolescents and their families will be examined. Implications for professionals working with youth and families will be explored and highlighted. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Administration and Program Management

  • HDFS 8235 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course introduces students to the development, administration and management of youth-serving organizations. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Federal and State Policies that Impact Youth Development

  • HDFS 8236 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course examines various federal and state policies that effect developmental opportunities for youth. Course participants will also examine not only how policies are developed, but also why. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Youth Cultures and the Cultures of Youth

  • HDFS 8237 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course examines the cultural contexts that affect youth from within and outside the family. Students will study social, ethnic, and educational processes that affect youth, and they will examine how history has shaped the current cultural climate of the U.S. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation

  • HDFS 8238 (3 Credit Hours)
  • The course will discuss program design, implementation, and outcome evaluation. This course will focus on planning, designing logic models, and evaluating program. Students will evaluate a community-based project. Prerequisite: graduate standing required. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Community Youth Development

  • HDFS 8239 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course focuses on community youth development from a strength-based or developmental asset approach. This approach encompasses both individual development and interrelationships with social environments. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Youth Development

  • HDFS 8240 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course introduces the developmental period of adolescence. Emphasis will be on developmental tasks of this life stage and influences of family and home, school, peers and other contextual forces. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Perspectives in Gerontology

  • HDFS 8251 (3 Credit Hours)
  • An overview of current aging issues including the prevailing focus of gerontology theory and research, critical social and political issues in aging, the interdisciplinary focus of gerontology, career opportunities, and aging in the future. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Physical Health in Aging

  • HDFS 8253 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course identifies the basic physiologic changes during aging and their effects on health and disease. The focus will be on successful aging with special emphasis on physical activity and nutrition. Practical application to community settings is addressed. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate program.

Gerontology Research Methods and Program Evaluation

  • HDFS 8254 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Overview of program evaluation, research methods and grant writing in gerontology. Includes application of quantitative and qualitative methods in professional settings. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Professional Seminar in Gerontology

  • HDFS 8258 (3 Credit Hours)
  • An integrative experience for gerontology students designed to be taken near the end of the degree program. By applying knowledge gained in earlier course work, students strengthen skills in ethical decision-making behavior, apply these skills in gerontology-related areas such as advocacy, professionalism, family and workplace issues. Prerequisites: Completion of all other gerontology program coursework. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Advanced Seminar on Multicultural Families

  • HDFS 8300 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Advanced study of multicultural (racial, ethnic, social) families within American society. Attention is focused on each group's unique cultural heritage and social environment. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Programs for Young Children

  • HDFS 8400 (3 Credit Hours)
  • An examination of program models that serve as a framework for curriculum in programs for children birth through age 5.

Cognitive Development

  • HDFS 8420 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as PSYCH 8420). Study of the development of reasoning, perception and language.

Social and Emotional Development

  • HDFS 8440 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as PSYCH 8440). Seminar on emotional and social development in children, with focus on research and theory on the impact of various family, school, and societal factors.

Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

  • HDFS 8450 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Seminar on development during adolescence and emerging adulthood from biological, cognitive, psychosocial, and cultural perspectives, and with a focus on health-related attitudes and behaviors.

Life Course Perspective

  • HDFS 8460 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Seminar on the life course perspective, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of lives over time and the interplay between human lives and social institutions. Deals with how individual lives are shaped by social change and social structure.

Identity Development

  • HDFS 8470 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Uses an Eriksonian framework to explore research regarding developmental tasks related to identity, such as attachment, self-esteem, moral behavior, achievement, and the formation of an abstract sense of self. Also considers such issues as gender identity, ethnic identity, and sexual identity.

Parenting Education

  • HDFS 8510 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Study of theories, models, research and skills regarding parenting effectiveness and parent-child relations in the context of Western and Eastern cultures. Included are comparisons of the relative strengths and weaknesses of various parenting approaches, historical perspective on parenthood and children, parenting roles, strategies for contemporary parenting, developmental interaction from infancy through adulthood and selected special concerns of parents. A Bio-Ecological Systems approach will be utilized in this course. Graded on A-F basis only.

Lifespan Development

  • HDFS 8520 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course covers the human development including the cognitive, social-emotional, motor, language, and moral domains from both a lifespan and a bio-ecological perspective. Course content focuses on the major theories of development as well as current research on the micro-macro interrelationship. Students who complete this course will have a better understanding of individual human developmental processes and their relationship with context and within family and community matters. Graded on A-F basis only.

Remarriage & Stepfamilies: Development, Dynamics, & Intervention

  • HDFS 8610 (3 Credit Hours)
  • The processes of remarriage and reconstituted family dynamics; special developmental needs and intervention models will be studied. The impact on children is considered. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Work and Family

  • HDFS 8620 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Study of the interaction between paid labor, unpaid labor, and the American family. Heavy concentration is placed on the roles gender, race, and history play is the workplace and in the home. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent.

Gendered Relations in Families

  • HDFS 8630 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as WGST 8630). From a feminist perspective, the roles of gender in shaping family life experience and of family life experience in shaping gender will be explored. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Family Interaction

  • HDFS 8640 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of intrafamilial interaction. Includes an overview of theories used to study family interaction, critical review of the assessment of family interaction; and examination of contemporary research on family interaction focusing on intra and inter-generational relationships. Prerequisites: HDFS 1600 and HDFS 2200 or equivalent; or instructor's consent.

Children, Families and Public Policy

  • HDFS 8710 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Seminar on societal issues relating to children and families, with focus on the development of public policies. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent.

Poverty

  • HDFS 8770 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Implications of poverty for child, adult, and family functioning. Poverty-related policies and programs.

Readings in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 8960 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Readings in recent research; critical evaluation. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Internship in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 8972 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Internships and/or field training experiences under supervision. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Research in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 9090 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Independent research leading to thesis or dissertation. Graded on S/U basis only.

Teaching Practicum

  • HDFS 9100 (2 - 6 Credit Hours)
  • Supervised experience in teaching various audiences, including college students, professionals, and community residents. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Advanced Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 9200 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as NURSE 9410). Examination of issues related to the study of individuals and their families: measurement, designs, and interpretation of statistical analyses. Statistics are placed in perspective through readings and discussions of the relationships between theory, research design, and data analyses. Prerequisite: HDFS 8200 or instructor's consent.

Research Practicum in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 9210 (2 - 6 Credit Hours)
  • Independent research activities in conjunction with faculty. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Qualitative Methods

  • HDFS 9420 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as NURSE 9420). Examines the following selected qualitative research approaches appropriate for the study of nursing phenomena and the extension or modification of scientific knowledge so as to be relevant to nursing: case study research methods, verbal qualitative approaches, and nonverbal qualitative approaches. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 7150 and doctoral status (or permission of faculty).

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