Students will explore the basic concepts, major theoretical frameworks, and tenets of life span human development from conception to death. The biological, psychological, intellectual, physical, and socio-cultural aspects of human growth and development of an individual within the context of the family and cultural environment from conception through death and dying will be examined. The fundamental process in which a person develops, at different stages during the human life cycle will be emphasized. Consideration of how the phases of human development, and the transition between them, will be conceptualized and dealt with, in a variety of sociocultural settings worldwide. This course will enhance students’ skills and mastery of knowledge related to human development. They will be encouraged to use critically thinking skills to comprehend the developmental stages in the human life cycle. The students will learn about the cultural and ethnic influences upon human development within the family system. Differing worldviews, i.e., anthropological, sociological, psychological, and biological, will be used to compare and contrast developmental milestones and issues from conception to death. Cross-cultural differences, as they pertain to different stages of development will be explained as the students visit different ports on the voyage.
Field ClassCountry: India
Date: March 2, 2017
In the Field Class students will be transported to the College of Social Sciences, at Rajagiri University, in Cochin. At this university, they will hear a lecture on, “Changes Occurring in Indian Families in Contemporary India”. This lecture will be given by Dr. Mary Joseph, the Dean of the College of Child Welfare. The lecture will be followed by a .45 minute to 1 hour session in which we will have an opportunity to interact with the local students enrolled at the university in Cochin. The students will have prepared questions regarding the structure of the matriarchal society, marriage, parenting, practices and parent-child relationships.
This will be followed by the SAS students visiting different out-reach sites that deal with children and families. For example, the students will have the opportunity to distribute food that has been prepared by community members to “needy and helpless” elderly individuals. They will also be taken to a local orphanage and be given the opportunity to interact with and teach children in this orphanage. Some of the basic programs that assist children and families, i.e., a help line and basic counseling sessions will be demonstrated to us.
Indian child welfare laws and practices, projects undertaken by the university on solar energy will be discussed and explained to our class. Finally, we will be taken to a social service agency that deals with adoption and the operations of the Center will be explained to them. If time permits, the students will be taken to the “Jew” Street where one of the oldest synagogues is located.
1. Familiarize the SAS students with the functioning and course requirements of a child welfare department at Rajagiri University, in Cochin, India.
2. Interview the local college students about their perceptions and beliefs about marriage, family, and parenting issues.
3. Visit an orphanage and interact with the local children.