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SED DS 502: Introduction to Adolescent Development
Develops important understandings of cognitive, social-emotional, and identity developing during adolescence, as well as the role that educators can play in fostering the mindsets, skillsets, character strengths and contexts that adolescents need to grow into healthy and high-performing adults. 2 cr. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Social Inquiry I.
SED DS 504: Adolescent Development
Overview of diverse development theories of preadolescence, adolescence, and young adult development. Cognitive, sociomoral, personal, and identity development are examined as well as physical, motor, and fitness development. 3 cr.
SED DS 600: Culture, Ethnicity and Race: A developmental approach
Cultural and racial-ethic differences in development and how these differences translate into counseling practices. We consider several topics including: communication, child-rearing, cognitive development, and schooling. 4 cr.
SED DS 700: Advanced Seminar in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Current and advanced topics in the field of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology will be covered in this course, which is based on the scientist- practitioner model. Students will learn how to design research projects and evidence-based interventions in the field. 4 cr.
SED HD 120: Life Design 1: Developing Your Personal Brand
This course supports students to engagement in their academic, social, and professional development opportunities. Students learn the key skills and competencies that optimize their potential for learning and preparing to transition into the world of work. Effective Spring 2023 this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Creativity/Innovation.
SED HD 121: Launching Your Personal Brand
This course focuses on building strategies for communicating your brand, expanding your social capital, and designing a career management plan. Students will learn how to use a range of digital media strategies to establish your professional image. Effective Spring 2023 this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Digital/Multimedia Expression.
SED HD 211: Student Motivation
Examines theory and research on ways in which family members, teachers, culture, and society interact to influence the development of attitudes, beliefs, and approaches towards learning and academic achievement in children and youth. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Research and Information Literacy.
SED HD 224: Emotional Development
Provides an overview of emotional development throughout the life span. Explores implications of theory and research for curriculum development, social programs, and policy.
SED HD 265: Social Science Research for Community Impact
Students will collaborate with community organizations to design and conduct small-scale research projects (e.g., economic and educational equity, environmental justice, youth justice and mental health disparities). Research methodologies, qualitative and quantitative, will be determined based on the project. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Social Inquiry II, Teamwork/Collaboration.
SED HD 300: Educational Psychology
This course is designed to apply psychological theory and research to educational practice. Students will examine how children think and learn, what motivates students and how teachers assess children's learning and progress in school. In addition, students will be encouraged to consider how teachers create learning environments to increase classroom engagement. Through this course, students will explore major theories of child development (cognitive, behavioral, social learning, etc.) and how they relate to education. Topics will include learning, motivation, instructional strategies, personality, and social development, cognitive processes and memory, and students' achievement and abilities. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Social Inquiry I.
SED HD 306: Introduction to Human Development
Studies major developmental shifts from conception through the end of late adulthood across social, emotional, biological, and cognitive domains. Emphasis on competing theoretical perspectives, the role of socio-cultural contexts, and cultural diversity. Connections between theory, research, and practice. (Formerly CE306). Effective Fall 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Research and Information Literacy.
SED HD 316: Children's Political Lives
Course will reconstruct the development of children's and adolescents' political understanding; explore how political attitudes are shaped by race, class, nationality, the political system and historical circumstance (e.g. war, immigration, climate change); develop strategies for youth's political education and empowerment.
SED HD 327: Asian American Psychology
This course examines the psychological experiences of Asian Americans, including historical, sociopolitical, and cultural influences that shape lived experiences and mental health. Students will critically explore concepts such as culture, ethnicity, race, as they pertain to diverse Asian Americans. They will self-reflect and gain knowledge about cultural competence and advocacy in working with diverse Asian American individuals and communities. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Social Inquiry I.
SED HD 330: Psychology of Race
Interdisciplinary investigation of the historical, ideological, structural, and individual manifestations of race and racism in society. The course will also examine how the intersection of race with factors such as social class, gender, ethnicity, and identity shape the human experience. 4 cr. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Social Inquiry I.
SED HD 331: African American School Achievement
How do schools shape the lives of African Americans? Who are the teachers that best educate African American students? How do African American parents shape learning? What are the characteristics of a "good" school for African Americans? In this course, students will address these questions and more. Drawing from the disciplines of psychology and education, students will examine historical and contemporary factors that shape school achievement for African Americans. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.
SED HD 354: Challenging Educational Inequity
Explores roles that institutional racism, school funding, and socioeconomic factors play in contributing to inequality of educational opportunity. Interrogates the influence of cultural beliefs and educational socialization practices mitigating the negative impact of inequality. Examines cutting-edge solutions to equalize opportunities for all students. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Research and Information Literacy.
SED HD 384: Restorative Justice in Youth-Serving Settings
Explores ethics, principles and practices of restorative and healing justice by drawing from various current and historical cultural understandings of justice practices across the globe, including First Nations and US criminal justice system. Special focus on applications in youth-serving settings. Effective Spring 2023, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
SED HD 385: Psychological Trauma
Introduces students to the concept of trauma and psychological consequences associated with exposure to potentially traumatizing events; explores risk and protective factors, inter-generational transmission, treatment of trauma, and post-traumatic growth. Special attention paid to sociological factors associated with post-traumatic adjustment and resilience. 4 cr. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Teamwork/Collaboration.
SED HD 400: Internship in Applied Human Development
Opportunity to complete a semester-long, 75-hour internship at a non-profit organization in the Greater Boston community. Bi-weekly seminars to process the experience with peers and to explore career choices with mentors.
SED HD 410: 200-Hour Practicum
Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED CE 500 or SED CF 510 or SED CL 210.
This course offers 200 hours of professional experience in child and adolescent mental health, opportunities to apply theory and research in human development and clinical psychology in community settings, and to acquire skills relevant for social service careers.