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Introduction to Child Studies
INTRO CHILD ST
CLASS CODE: CHILD 100 CREDITS:  1
DIVISION: EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: CHILD & FAMILY STUDIES
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Introductory course for all students desiring to obtain a major in Child Development or a minor in Child Studies. Overview of historical and current scientific, societal and family issues related to the development of children. Application to career and advanced educational opportunities, as well as family, church and community settings. We recommend students intending to major in Child Development or minor in Child Studies take this course before taking CHILD 210 (Child Development).
DESCRIPTION: Introductory course for all students desiring to obtain a major in Child Development or a minor in Child Studies. Overview of historical and current scientific, societal and family issues related to the development of children. Application to career and advanced educational opportunities, as well as family, church and community settings. We recommend students intending to major in Child Development or minor in Child Studies take this course before taking CHILD 210 (Child Development).


TOPICS: The study of children.
The nature of development.
Improving the lives of children.
Major theories in the study of child development.
Research methods and challenges.
Careers in the field of child development.
OBJECTIVES: Students will learn and be able to identify key issues and theories in the field of child development. They will be able to think critically about these issues and theories.

Students will be able to name multiple settings where they might find employment in related fields, understand employment qualifications, have a general idea of salaries, as well as common job satisfactions/frustrations.
REQUIREMENTS: 1. Competence in understanding child development theories and issues as demonstrated on quizzes, exams and papers.
2. Survey of Child Development-related careers through use of employment resources and interviews with prospective agencies and/or employers.
3. Critical thinking journals and short research findings on current issues in the field of Child Development.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002