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Contexts of Life-course Development: Childhood, Adolescence, and Early Adulthood

SW630, Section 003

This course will examine the development of life course in stages, from conception to early childhood (0-6), middle childhood (7-12), adolescence (13-18), and emerging adulthood (18+). Students will explore how development unfolds, with a particular emphasis on how adversity shapes the experiences of children from a young age. Key theories used to understand human development and behavior include those focused on attachment, trauma, and resilience. Special attention will be given to the relationships between critical life conditions, (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic class, sexual orientation), life events (i.e., separation, loss, illness, transition to school, transition to adulthood) and psychological and physical functioning. Course material on identity will address the topics of self-esteem, self-concept, and the development of gender, race, and ethnic identity.

Semester: Winter 2023
Instructor: Brooke B. Buys
U-M Class #: 31109
Time: Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 3752 SSWB
Program Type: Residential
Format: In-Person
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Pathway Associations

Community Change
Interpersonal PracticeElective
Mgmt & Leadership
Policy & Political
Program Evaluation
Older Adults
Children & FamiliesRequirement (Host)

Other SW630 Offerings

* The course listings below are provided for reference only. These offerings may be subject to change or cancellation.

Term Section Days Time  
Fall 2023 001 Wed 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM View Course
Fall 2023 002 Wed 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM View Course
Fall 2023 801 Tue 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM View Course

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