Human Development & Education

  • 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.
    • 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 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.
  • 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. 4cr
  • SED HD 264: Research Methods
    Introduces scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. Examines research design, selection of measures, data collection, descriptive analyses, and research ethics. Individual research projects are required. 4 cr.
  • 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.
    • Social Inquiry I
  • SED HD 316: Children's Political Lives
    Course will reconstruct the stages/phases of political understanding children bring to the political process; explore how children's political beliefs/attitudes are shaped by their political environment (e.g., race, class, nationality, historical circumstances, society's level of development); develop strategies for children's political empowerment. 4 cr.
  • 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.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • SED HD 354: Achievement Gap
    Examines racial/ethnic differences in academic achievement in the U.S. by investigating societal, cultural and familial factors. Explores the roles of institutional racism, cultural beliefs and parental socialization practices. Scrutinizes inter-national achievement differences, and analyzes cutting edge solutions to close the achievement gap. 4 cr. 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 362: Meaning & Development of Play
    Examines play from birth through adolescence, its role in social, emotional and cognitive development, its therapeutic and educational value, how the environment, including toys and media, shapes play, and how to promote quality play in diverse settings with diverse children. 4 cr.
  • 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.
  • 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 500: Directed Study
    By arrangement; no description.
  • SED HD 501: Child Development
    Examines physical, cognitive, social, moral and emotional development from conception through adolescence. Discusses theory and research from different psychological approaches. Pays special attention to the social and cultural contexts in which development occurs.
  • SED HD 510: Positive Youth Development
    This course will introduce students to the historical and contemporary understandings of Positive Youth Development. Students will explore adolescent development and identify developmental milestones, local context, and potential exposure to adversity that may be present during the period of adolescence, as well as the way(s) Positive Youth Development can help foster healthy adolescent development. Various models of Positive Youth Development will be examined in the context of various youth-serving settings, including schools, sports, communities, and after-school programs.
  • SED HD 511: Social and Policy Perspective in Positive Youth Development
    This course explores the broader systemic and policy issues of positive youth development. Understanding of development within diverse cultural contexts and the integration of this knowledge by youth serving systems are critical perspectives in this course.
  • SED HD 512: Transformational Leadership in Positive Youth Development
    Transformational leadership is a model of leadership that emphasizes change, growth, and teamwork. In the often underfunded and overworked fields of Positive Youth Development, transformational leadership is a highly desirable trait in employees and managers. This course will explore the characteristics of transformational leadership and transformational leaders relative to Positive Youth Development settings through readings and case studies.