Human Development in Context

This course will be an intensive examination of theories and research in human development and family systems in the context of contemporary culture, with a goal of helping students understand human development and how deeply development is shaped by our present-day lives in the United States.

We will study human development from pre-birth to after-death using Urie Bronfenbrenner’s ecological-developmental model. We will consider family life systems in a cultural context using an anti-oppressive framework, bearing witness to the impacts of ethnicity, class, gender, and disability on individuals’ lifespan development and on their families’ lives.

Although this course is designed primarily for Unitarian Universalist students preparing for ordination, the course’s content will also be appropriate for non-UU students.