“A frog in a well cannot discuss the ocean, because he is limited by the size of his well.”
As emphasized by developmentalist Jeffrey Arnett, most of us do not fully comprehend the oceanic-like depth of diversity observed in human development! This course will help expand your understanding of the developing person across the lifespan from conception to death as framed in historical, cultural, environmental, and relational contexts. Research and numerous theoretical perspectives will be applied to studying physical, cognitive, and socioemotional change for each period of the lifespan.
What will you gain by taking Individual & Family Development? In this course, you will explore human development from conception to death in both the United States and globally. You will learn: 1) theories related to human development and family functioning; 2) major physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development milestones across the lifespan; and 3) transferable skills such as critical thinking and research review in both oral and written forms.
Field WorkCountry: Japan
Date: January 25, 2019
Students will meet and engage with faculty from Aino University and the Department of Occupational Therapy at Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences outside of Kobe. Throughout the day the class will rotate in small groups between elderly care facilities, a community center, a primary school, and home occupational therapy and physical therapy rehabilitation sessions.
1. To learn about a Japan’s elderly facilities and the services, it provides for seniors and their families and under what circumstances.
2. To interact and work with a group of senior citizens in greater Kobe.
3. To evaluate the age-friendliness of services designed for this rapidly growing population.