Growing Up and Growing Old in the United States: Human Development in Context

I know this course title sounds dry, but our week together is going to be anything but boring. We will be covering emerging and profound research and new understandings about how we develop, grow, change, live our lives – all in the context of contemporary culture. My goal is to help students understand human development and how deeply we are shaped by our present-day lives in the United States.

We will study human development from pre-birth to after-death using 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 families’ lives.