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Family Studies and Human Development Graduate Courses

For the most up-to-date listing of courses offered in Family Studies and Human Development, please consult the UA General Catalog.

Please see the Schedule of FSHD Graduate Course Offerings (2011 - 2015).

See Course Descriptions here (navigate to FSHD - Fam. Studies & Human Dev. Main)

Information about program requirements is available in the FSHD graduate handbook.

See also our FSHD Graduate Minor Handbook and the Checklist for Ph.D. Plan of Study.

FSHD 503 Advanced Adolescent Development
  Major developmental tasks within the adolescent years. Emphasis on the importance or theoretically grounded research and the integration of theory, research and practice.

FSHD 505 Theories of Counseling
  Techniques for the study of human behavior; implications for improving adult-child relationships, applying various theories of counseling. Graduate-level requirements include an additional research paper dealing with a theoretical aspect of Adlerian psychology.

FSHD 507A Research Methods in Family Studies and Human Development
  Design issues of general relevance to behavioral research.

FSHD 507B Research Methods in Family Studies and Human Development
  Measurement, sampling, and design issues of particular relevance to family and developmental research.

FSHD 509 Occupational Family and Consumer Sciences Program
  Methods of identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating family and consumer sciences occupational programs, resulting in positive growth and development of learners. Graduate-level requirements include developing two evaluation instruments (one affective and one psychomotor) and developing two sets of teaching materials, e.g., job training manual.

FSHD 509-CC Occupational Family and Consumer Sciences Program
  Methods of identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating family and consumer sciences occupational programs, resulting in positive growth and development of learners. Graduate-level requirements include developing two evaluation instruments (one affective and one psychomotor) and developing two sets of teaching materials, e.g., job training manual.

FSHD 513 Issues in Aging
  This course covers a wide range of issues associated with aging, including physical/health changes, social/familial contexts, retirement/economic circumstances as well as the socio-historical and gender-ethnicity factors that affect the experience of aging. Graduate-level requirements include extra required readings and an in-depth term paper.

FSHD 515 The Design of the Mind: Genes, Adaption, and Behavior
  Part I: Basic mechanisms of behavioral evolution, genetics, and natural selection, as well as other factors impinging on the evolutionary process. Part II: Historical approaches that converge upon the broadly defined research program of behavioral evolution, theoretical perspectives, and empirical contributions made by each of these approaches, and current controversies in the field, framed as a single integrated area of study in which multiple approaches and perspectives can contribute to a comprehensive understanding. Graduate-level requirements include in-class oral presentations.

FSHD 528 Professional Presentations and Techniques
  Theory and practice of educational methods in formal and non-formal settings in positions in business, government and human services. Graduate-level requirements include a paper and a 30 to 45-minute presentation on a topic from the outline. In addition, graduate students must design an educational program tailor-made to their interest.

FSHD 537A Statistical Analysis of Family Studies and Human Development
  An analysis of major research strategies, statistical analysis; critical resources relevant to quantitative research, and ethical/professional issues related to the conduct of research.

FSHD 537B Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
  Focus on intermediate univariate and multivariate statistics as applied to research in Family Studies and Human Development. This material builds upon the topics covered in FSHD 537A, and provides a foundation for the study of more advanced quantitative techniques.

FSHD 537L Introductory Statistics Laboratory
  This laboratory course teaches students to implement statistical methods on a computer using SPSS, interpret the SPSS output, prepare summary tables and text, and communicate the results of statistical analyses using APA style.

FSHD 546 Foundations of Family and Interpersonal Theory
  Analysis of theories relevant to family behavior including formation, development and internal processes. Course will focus on developing knowledge of world views, assumptions, themes, concepts, and interrelationships of the theories.

FSHD 547A Sociocultural Context of Development
  In-depth examination of human development from a sociocultural perspective; focus on socialization processes in childhood and adolescence and the role of the social and cultural context in those processes. Graduate-level requirements include additional assignments.

FSHD 547C Biosocial Development
  This course addresses topics in human development (e.g., family relationships, sexual development, competitive behavior, sex differences, the adolescent brain) from evolutionary and biosocial perspectives. Graduate-level requirements include completion of an independent research project.

FSHD 558 Violence and Youth
  Explores the etiology of youth violence from developmental and socio-cultural perspectives, the influence of societal factors such as media, guns, and gangs on violence among youth. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper.

FSHD 563 Biosocial Mechanisms of Stress, Development, and Health
  In this course we take a lifespan/life history and evolutionary-developmental perspective to examine how environmental information guides the developing phenotype. The course begins with an overview of basic evolutionary-developmental concepts. Then we examine one of the great challenges in developmental science: Understanding the operation of the genome and how analysis of genetic and epigenetic variation contributes to our understanding of individual differences in brain development and function, from cell biology to physiology to emotional-cognitive states to behavior. To achieve this we closely examine processes of basic genetics, epigenetics, and how epigenetics is linked to stress regulation. Next we examine the social inequality and the stress-health relationship or how adversity "gets under the skin." For this unit we look at the biological mechanisms for transmitting messages of inequality and the consequences for emotional and physical health. Next we turn to developmental regulation of immune functioning. The immune system is characterized by substantial developmental plasticity. Here we focus on what the immune system is doing at different points in childhood, and how immune system functioning is shaped by the ecology of the child (e.g., how nutritional and microbial exposures in infancy regulate inflammation in adulthood). This unit will also examine some of the newly examined mechanisms that link early environmental experience to health such as the gut microbiome. Finally, we examine growth and metabolic regulation.

FSHD 567 Theories of Human Development
  Analysis of major paradigms and world views influencing the study of human development. Overview of key issues and controversies arising in the field as well as evaluations of specific theories and specific theorists.

FSHD 583A Developmental Psychopathology
  This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of Developmental Psychopathology. Developmental Psychopathology is an approach to studying psychopathology in different stages of development, with a special focus on factors that contribute to the emergence of psychopathology and factors that protect against the emergence of psychopathology. Graduate-level requirements include a term paper (literature review) in addition to two exams and a project/presentation (with no opportunity for extra credit).

FSHD 587 Advanced Family Relations
  Critical analysis of selected studies and current research in family relations. Graduate-level requirements include extra required readings and an in-depth term paper.

FSHD 593 Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 593L Legislative Internship
  Working experience at the Arizona State Legislature; responsibilities draw upon student's area of major expertise and include preparing written and oral reports, summarizing legislative proposals, and providing information to legislators and legislative committees.

FSHD 594 Practicum
  The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

FSHD 599 Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

FSHD 601 Topics in Adolescent Health and Development
  This course covers various topics in adolescent health and development. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 602 Topics in Family, Interpersonal Relationships and Well-Being
  This course covers various topics in family, interpersonal relationships and well-being. Exact topics will vary across semesters, students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 603 Topics in Social and Psychobiological Development in Childhood
  This course covers various topics in social and psychobiological development in childhood. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 604 Topics in Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships
  This course covers various topics in diverse contexts for development and relationships. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 605 Topics in Applied Developmental Science
  This course covers various topics in applied developmental science. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 606 Topics in Methodology and Data Analysis
  This course covers various topics in methodology and data analysis. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact the instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 607 Topics in Family Studies and Human Development
  Variable content: cognitive development, biological theories of development, role theory, middle childhood, and others.

FSHD 617A Advanced Data Analysis: Structural Equation Modeling
  This course covers basic and intermediate topics of confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling (SEM). Students will learn the conceptual and mathematical bases of SEM; develop the ability to formulate and evaluate models; become proficient in using Lisrel; and apply these skills to research in FSHD.

FSHD 617B Advanced Data Analysis: Dyadic Data Analysis
  This course covers analysis of dyadic and small-group data. Students will learn the conceptual and mathematical bases of these approaches; formulate and evaluate models of interdependence; gain experience in writing results of interdependent data analyses; and apply these skills to research in FSHD.

FSHD 617C Advanced Data Analysis: Multilevel Modeling
  This course provides an introduction to Multilevel Modeling (MLM) and its implementation using SAS PROC MIXED. MLM is used for analyzing clustered data, such as longitudinal data (multiple observations nested within individuals) or data arising from couples or families (individuals nested within families).

FSHD 691 Preceptorship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.

FSHD 693 Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 693-SA Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 694 Practicum
  The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

FSHD 696Z Family and Consumer Sciences
  The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

FSHD 699 Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

FSHD 799A Independent Study for Comprehensive Examination
  Independent Study for major written Comprehensive Examination. To receive a passing grade in the class, the student will need to take their written comprehensive exam that semester (before the grade is due). This requirement will be written into the Independent Study Proposal Form that is used to describe the student's plans and goals for their independent work over the semester. If there are extenuating circumstances, a student can potentially take an Incomplete (I) for the course, given the approval of their major advisor.

FSHD 900 Research
  Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students.

FSHD 909 Master's Report
  Individual study or special project or formal report thereof submitted in lieu of thesis for certain master's degrees.

FSHD 910 Thesis
  Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department.

FSHD 920 Dissertation
  Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).


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