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Human Systems And Development

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Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of human development across the lifespan and of systems for meeting fundamental human needs. The course provides perspectives on individual roles in families, groups, and interpersonal relationships in communities, society, and organizations. Essential coursework components of human systems and development include theories of group dynamics and diversity, culture, aspects of human sexuality, social systems theory, and general processes affecting both developmental and social change. Students will complete Module 7 of the MHF training.



This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Family Systems, Community Systems, and Lifespan Development

    • Explain the connection between the community and human well-being.
    • Apply family systems theory to stages of lifespan development.

    Conception, Infancy, and Childhood Development in the Social Environment

    • Summarize the foundational concepts of human development.

    • Describe the social, biological, and psychological development of an individual from conception through childhood.  

    General Systems Theory

    • Explain the components of general systems theory.

    Adolescent Development in the Social Environment

    • Describe the social, biological, and psychological development of an individual during adolescence.

    • Analyze individual and family interactions associated with adolescence.

    Gender and Sexual Orientation

    • Explain the social constructs of gender and sexual orientation.

    Young and Middle Adulthood Development in the Social Environment

    • Describe the social, biological, and psychological development of an individual during young and middle adulthood.

    • Determine the influence of Parsons’ action theory to social structures.

    Late Adulthood Development in the Social Environment

    • Describe the social, biological, and psychological development of an individual during late adulthood.

    • Describe common needs of individuals in later adulthood.

    • Explain how human service professionals meet the needs of individuals in later adulthood.

    • Apply strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences principles to human development.
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