Human Development (2023)
This subject focuses on patterns of human growth and development in individuals and groups across the lifespan. Study in this field explores how and why stories about development change over time, and considers stories of development from the Aotearoa New Zealand context that coexist with traditional theories about development.
Human Development is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Human Development may also be taken as a second major or minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Human Development as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points in the papers listed for the Human Development major including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete HMDEV100; and at least 30 points from HMDEV200, HMDEV201, HMDEV202 and HMDEV240.
To complete Human Development as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for the Human Development major including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete HMDEV100; and at least 30 points from HMDEV200, HMDEV201, HMDEV202 and HMDEV240.
To complete a minor in Human Development, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Human Development major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.
Note: Candidates must normally gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Human Development papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Human Development papers above 200 level.
The (NET) offerings may include an on-campus component.
Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Education for programme advice.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(HumDev)
- Prescriptions for the GradDip(HumDev)
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- 300 Level
- 500 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(HumDev)
The qualification regulations define the requirements for the Graduate Certificate. There are no specified subject papers that must be completed for the GradCert(HumDev).
Prescriptions for the GradDip(HumDev)
The qualification regulations define the requirements for the Graduate Diploma. The qualification must include one of HMDEV200, HMDEV201 or HMDEV202, and one of HMDEV300, HMDEV301, HMDEV302, HMDEV321 or HMDEV340.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location CMYHE101 Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing 15.0 23A (Hamilton), 23A (Online) & 23A (Tauranga) This paper examines a social determinants approach to Health. It includes exploration of a range of interactions that influence the health of populations and determinants of health in New Zealand and global contexts. HMDEV100 Lifespan Development 15.0 23A (Hamilton), 23B (Online) & 23B (Tauranga) HMDEV100 focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan. PSYCH101 Social Psychology, Health and Well-being 15.0 23B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga) This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan development, and social factors in a range of contexts.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location HMDEV200 Child Development 15.0 23G (Tauranga) This paper critically explores a diverse range of theories and perspectives that relate to both historical and current discourses to understanding child development. HMDEV201 Adolescent Development 15.0 23A (Hamilton) The paper promotes a critical study of the construction of theories specific to the developmental stage of adolescence. It introduces theories of adolescence that have been promoted by a range of theorists over time, and considers how these may be socially and culturally constructed. Current discourses about adolescence - and how t... HMDEV202 Adult Development and Ageing 15.0 23A (Online) This paper draws on theories from developmental psychology, sociology, demography, philosophy and biology to examine learning and change processes through adulthood, and discusses implications for personal and social development. HMDEV240 Group Work for Life Transitions 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper introduces and applies the use of group work skills in various (un)expected life transitions. This paper uses theory from human development, life transitions and group work. POPST201 Population Studies 15.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online) This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies. SOCPY201 Child Poverty & Social Policy 15.0 23A (Online) This paper develops students' theoretical understanding of social policy, focusing on the effects of child poverty. We examine how policy shapes and responds to poverty experienced by children and families.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location HMDEV300 Children's Development in Families 15.0 23A (Online) This paper examines the development of children within family and community contexts. Contemporary issues will be investigated with an emphasis on theory and research and their impact on policy and practice. HMDEV301 Critical Issues for Youth in the 21st Century 15.0 23B (Online) This paper explores new possibilities for human development in a rapidly changing global environment. Analysis and critique of culturally constructed norms sensitive to gender, ability, culture, sexuality and age will be used. HMDEV302 Ageing in a Changing World 15.0 23B (Online) This paper considers the issues arising for adults as they age. It will critically reflect on issues around positive ageing in a global context. HMDEV320 Disability, Diversity and Inclusion: Intersecting Identities and Experiences 15.0 23B (Online) This paper looks at the emergence of disability as a social and political identity. Using a rights perspective, it critiques inclusion in the spaces and places of everyday civic society. HMDEV340 Perspectives on Counselling 15.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga) This paper examines the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in general, and counselling in particular.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location COUNS540 Working with Groups 30.0 23B (Block) This paper explores dialogic group processes with selected kinds of groups. Students will be given the opportunity to develop group membership and leadership roles through observation, participation and evaluation during an experiential workshop format and through on-line discussion and assignments. The paper includes a particular... COUNS549 Counselling and Contexts 30.0 23A (Block) & 23H (Block) This paper provides an overview of counselling practice and its contexts, including optional modules on school counselling, or addictions. It teaches the skills and ethical perspectives of collaborative approaches to counselling, offering a particular introduction to narrative therapy. DINST521 Critical Studies in Disability and Inclusion 30.0 23A (Online) This paper critically explores an intersectional understanding of disability and inclusion using Critical Disability Studies and Disability Studies in Education perspectives. It engages with ideas of equality and social inclusion and the social barriers and enablers to equal access in education, health and other social systems. The... DINST522 Inclusion Policy and Practice: A Disability Rights Approach 30.0 23B (Online) Framed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, this paper explores learning, living, working and playing from the perspectives of disabled people in Aotearoa and internationally. It looks at how disabled people have and continue to shape the way human rights of disabled people are understood, an... EDUCA500 Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and Critical Theories 30.0 23X (Block - Tauranga) Culturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Maori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched community can define the terms for engaging, relating and co-creating new knowledge. EDUCA557 Becoming a researcher: theory, ethics and methods 30.0 23A (Online), 23B (Online) & 23H (Block) This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research. EDUCA590 Directed Study 30.0 23I (Hamilton) & 23I (Online) Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. EDUCA592 Dissertation 60.0 23X (Hamilton), 23X (Online) & 23X (Tauranga) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. EDUCA593 Education Thesis 90.0 23X (Hamilton), 23X (Online) & 23X (Tauranga) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. EDUCA594 Education Thesis 120.0 23X (Hamilton), 23X (Online) & 23X (Tauranga) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. HMDEV500 Contemporary Issues in Lifespan Development 30.0 23B (Block - Tauranga) This paper focuses on contemporary issues in development across the lifespan with an emphasis on diversity, culture and social justice, and considers the influence of these on life experiences. MAOED500 Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research 30.0 23X (Hamilton) This paper seeks to explore Kaupapa Maori research theory and methodologies, developing more informed and culturally located and responsive research practice, with a particular focus on researching in Maori educational contexts. POPST501 Population Health and Equity 30.0 No occurrences This paper explores population health in Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally, emphasising the broader determinants of wellbeing and equity. It introduces aspects of epidemiology, considers historical, indigenous and contemporary perspectives of health, and explores relationships between health, community and society. POPST507 Family and Whānau Demography 30.0 No occurrences This paper introduces students to key theories and contemporary debates in the field of family demography. Particular emphasis will be placed on applying a critical population lens that can be used to understand demographic phenomena. The classes are seminar style and comprise a blend of structured lectures and in-class discussions focused on weekly readings drawn from Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Particular attention is given to the demography of indigenous populations and ethnic racial-minorities.
2023 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 7 June 2023 9:03am