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Human Development

Interested in the study of the human lifespan from conception and birth onwards? Human Development investigates how people develop throughout their lives and how cultural and social settings help to shape what is possible.

The Human Development programme explores the development of individuals, families, groups and communities throughout the human lifespan. It is important for those wishing to go into professions such as youth work, eldercare, social work, counselling and teaching. An understanding of human development is relevant to many other careers that involve working with or for people.

Papers  develop skills relevant to career objectives such as human relations, human services, programme planning, community liaison, counselling, policy and evaluation, administration of programs concerned with the family or other groups and research.

Graduates gain a solid foundation in theory and research to understand and explain the development of people from the early years through to old age, have the ability to examine how different contexts influence people's lives, learning and behaviour, and are able to apply this knowledge to specific life situation

Human Development is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Sciences within the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. It may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject with other undergraduate degrees (subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies). Human Development papers also count towards Education and Teaching degrees.

Study options:

Complete a major

Students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Human Development, including 60 points at 200 level, including 40 points from HDCO200, HDCO201, HDCO202 or HDCO210 and 60 points at 300 level, including 40 points from HDCO300, HDCO301, HDCO302, HDCO320, HDCO321, HDCO322 or HDCO340. It is recommended that students intending to major in Human Development include HDCO100 and one of PCSS101, PSYC102 or SOCP102 in the first year of their programme of study.

Complete a minor

To complete a supporting subject in Human Development, students must gain 30 points at 100 level in Human Development, including HDCO100 and one of PCSS101, PSYC102 or SOCP102, and at least 40 points above 100 level in Human Development including one of HDCO200, HDCO201 or HDCO202.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
Faculty:

Career opportunities

  • Community or Iwi Development Coordinator
  • Community Educator
  • Policy Analyst/ Advisor
  • Community Advocate
  • Social Services Advocate
  • International Aid Worker
  • Learning Application Developer
  • Trainer

Prescriptions for the GradCert(HumDev) and GradDip(HumDev)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Human Development at an advanced level in their first degree. The Graduate Diploma consists of 120 points, including at least 80 points at 300 level or above. Each programme must include one of HMDEV200, HMDEV201 or HMDEV202, and one of HDCO300, HDCO301, HDCO302, HDCO321 or HDCO340.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Education.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(HumDev), PGDip(HumDev), BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Human Development papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in the best three of their 300 level Human Development papers or all their undergraduate Human Development papers.

To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Human Development, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally HDCO591) and at least 60 points from papers listed for Human Development. Students who are intending to go on to an MSocSc must include an approved research methods paper in their BSocSc(Hons) degree.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Human Development, a student must have completed either:

a) a BSocSc with a major in Human Development (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Human Development papers or all of their undergraduate Human Development papers, or

b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Human Development (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MSocSc in Human Development vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including 30 points from a research methods paper or papers, and either a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE101Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
This paper examines a social determinants approach to Health. It includes exploration of a range of interactions that influence the health of populations and determinants of health in New Zealand and global contexts.
EDUCA110Learning and Teaching 118A (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will examine personal experiences that shape views of learning and teaching, theories of learning, and a range of innovative teaching practices to engage diverse learners.
HDCO100Human DevelopmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HMDEV100Lifespan Development18A (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
HMDEV100 focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
PCSS101Education and SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PSYC102Social and Developmental PsychologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan development, and social factors in a range of contexts.
SOCP102Introduction to Social PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies. The paper will include presentations by guest speakers who are active in implementing social policies in our community.
TEEDU102Learning and Development Across the Lifespan18A (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga) & 18C (Online)
This paper focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
TEHD100Human Development for EducatorsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE201Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Communities18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to develop understanding of sociological analyses and critiques of health promotion and to develop comprehension of the relationship between practice and the wider cultural, environmental, political, and social contexts in which health promotion occurs.
CMYHE202Understanding the Healthy Body: Sociocultural Perspectives18A (Hamilton)
This paper develops students' understanding of health as a social and cultural issue, not just a biological one.
FASS296Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO200Adolescent BehaviourThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO201Adult Development and AgeingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO202Child DevelopmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO210The Teaching-Learning Process: Innovative ApproachesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HMDEV200Child Development18B (Hamilton)
This paper critically explores a diverse range of theories and perspectives that relate to both historical and current discourses to understanding child development.
HMDEV201Adolescent Development18T (Tauranga)
The paper promotes a critical study of the construction of theories specific to the developmental stage of adolescence. It introduces theories of adolescence that have been promoted by a range of theorists over time, and considers how these may be socially and culturally constructed. Current discourses about adolescence - and how t...
HMDEV202Adult Development and Ageing18A (Online)
This paper draws on theories from developmental psychology, sociology, demography, philosophy and biology to examine learning and change processes through adulthood, and discusses implications for personal and social development.
HMDEV240Group Work for Life Transitions18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces and applies the use of group work skills in various (un)expected life transitions. This paper uses theory from human development, life transitions and group work.
HMDEV301Critical Issues for Youth in 21st CenturyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PCSS202Education and Social JusticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PCSS206Education and SexualityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PCSS231Planning Learning Opportunities for AdultsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
POPS201Population StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
POPST201Population Studies18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
PSYC228Culture, Ethnicity and PsychologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
SOCP206Social Policy and Social IssuesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
SOCPY201Social Policy, Families and Children18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper further develops students' theoretical understanding of social policy, while focusing specifically on policy related to families and children, providing insight into the relationships between policy and lived experience.
SOCY222Sociology of the FamilyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
SSRP202The Practice of Social Science ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
TEHD220Developing Inclusive Practices18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
This paper examines differences in the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and cultural development of children, and the ways these can be recognised, assessed and catered for.
WGST209Rethinking Women, Sex and GenderThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
HDCO300Critical Issues for Youth in the 21st Century18B (Online)
This paper explores new possibilities for human development in a rapidly changing global environment. This will entail analysis and critique of culturally constructed norms in order to develop diverse approaches sensitive to gender, ability, culture and age.
HDCO301Children's Development in Families18A (Online)
This paper examines the development of children within family and community contexts. Contemporary issues will be investigated with an emphasis on theory and research and their impact on policy and practice.
HDCO320Implementing Inclusive Practices: Building Individual and Community Capacity18B (Online)
This paper investigates questions about competencies required to fully include disabled people in the life of their community through a reading, writing, researching and reporting framework.
HDCO321Motivation and Talent Development in Young People18T (Hamilton)
This paper explores talent development in children and youth, with a focus on motivation, intelligence, creativity and giftedness. It considers how special abilities may be recognised and developed in a range of contexts.
HDCO322Behaviour and Motivation Difficulties: Strategies for Educators18S (Hamilton)
This paper provides practical skills for responding to challenging behaviour in education settings, and it also considers broader developmental and environmental factors that can influence what transpires in these settings. Students are introduced to the risk and resilience framework and to applied behaviour analysis.
HDCO340Perspectives on Counselling18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper examines the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in general, and counselling in particular.
HDCO390Directed Study18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
No description available.
PCSS302Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Maori philosophies. The aim of the paper is to consider how Maori and Western philosophies respectively describe the self in relation to knowledge, and then to delve into issues around the uptake and transmission of knowledge.
PCSS304History of New Zealand Education18B (Hamilton)
A study of education policy and its lived effects within the distinctive contexts of New Zealand's schools and other educational settings.
PCSS307Education and Sexuality18B (Hamilton)
A study of the ways childhood and adult sexuality is constructed, monitored and regulated in society and in educational settings. The major emphasis is on exploring the links between education and sexuality through historical and sociological perspectives.
PCSS330Adults Learning for Life18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the character of adult learning from varied perspectives including an analysis of specific social issues in the field. It focuses on areas within lifelong learning where social inequalities are most prevalent.
SOCP302Social Policy18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on developing a critical approach to the formulation, content and implementation of New Zealand social policy in an international context. It examines a variety of contemporary policy domains, all of which, in some way, affect the wellbeing of children and families. The paper provides knowledge and skills relevan...
SOCY311Criminology: A Sociological Introduction18B (Online)
This paper examines sociological explanations of deviance and crime and examines issues in the field of criminology.
TOED390Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
The planning, implementation and reporting of a research project on a topic in mathematics education, science education or technology education which is of a particular interest to the student.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COUNS540Working with GroupsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
COUNS544Discourse and Counselling PsychologiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
COUNS549Counselling and ContextsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
DINST521Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
DSOE557Research Methods18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Online) & 18S (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
DSOE590Directed Study18D (Hamilton) & 18D (Online)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
DSOE592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
DSOE593Education Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
DSOE594Education Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories18B (Block - Tauranga)
Cullturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Maori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched community can define the terms for engaging, relating and co-creating new knowledge.
EDUCA557Research MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO502Educational and Life Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing Contexts18S (Block)
The life of an individual involves many transitions to new roles and new contexts. These include numerous educational transitions, from infants and young children entering early childhood services, through school transitions, to adults starting tertiary or work contexts. Each transition may offer both opportunities and challenges. ...
HDCO504Difference and Diversity in Human DevelopmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO515Developmental Issues in Early AdolescenceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO521Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies18A (Block)
This paper examines the historical and contemporary context that drives the bio-medical and social justice models of inclusive social and educational practice. It will also consider how a disability advocacy focus affects the practice of academic research.
HDCO524Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of Talent18A (Online)
This paper involves an in-depth examination of historical and contemporary models of intelligence, creativity, giftedness, and talent, and how these different interpretations impact on policy and practice in education.
HDCO540Working with Groups18B (Block)
This paper explores dialogic group processes with selected kinds of groups. Students will be given the opportunity to develop group membership and leadership roles through observation, participation and evaluation during an experiential workshop format and through on-line discussion and assignments.
HDCO544Discourse and Counselling Psychologies18C (Block)
This paper offers a constructionist perspective on counselling and includes consideration of psychological theories which have influenced counselling practice. Students will be introduced to concepts which enable analysis of therapeutic conversations.
HDCO546Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches18B (Block)
This paper develops the skills of facilitating conflict resolution using mediation, conferencing and other types of restorative and generative conversations in families, schools and other contexts. A narrative perspective on conflict resolution features strongly in the paper.
HDCO549Counselling and Contexts18S (Block)
This paper provides an overview of counselling practice and its contexts, including an optional module on school counselling. It teaches the skills and ethical perspectives of collaborative approaches to counselling, offering a particular introduction to narrative therapy.
HDCO551Special Topic: Whanau and Narrative Practice18Y (Block)
No description available.
HDCO561Advanced Relationship and Family Counselling 2This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO565Restorative Practices in EducationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO590Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO591DissertationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO592DissertationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO593Human Development ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO594Human Development ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HMDEV501Development of Children and Young People: International PerspectivesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HMDEV502Ageing and SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HMDEV503Educational and Life Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing ContextsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HMDEV504Difference and Diversity in Human DevelopmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HMDEV524Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of TalentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HMDEV565Restorative Practices in EducationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori Research18C (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to explore Kaupapa Maori research theory and methodologies, developing more informed and culturally located and responsive research practice, with a particular focus on researching in Maori educational contexts.
MSTE502Acquiring Numeracy: How Thinking Develops18A (Block - Tauranga)
This paper looks at how students' thinking becomes increasingly sophisticated as their mathematical understanding grows. A particular focus of the paper is the ways that learning in mathematics can be enhanced, including using formative assessment and digital technologies effectively.
PCSS502Kaupapa Maori ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PCSS530Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education18B (Hamilton)
This paper will investigate issues in current theory, policy and practices in adult and tertiary education locally and internationally. In the course of this enquiry, students will be expected to critique multiple perspectives, develop a coherent philosophical base and a research design to address a specific issue.
PCSS589Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures18B (Online)
Using recent critical work and research on new media, this course uses both online and face-to-face pedagogies so students critically examine the new media that have rapidly impacted on the lives of youth throughout the world. Students will develop a sound theoretical understanding of the media, its critical relationship to educati...
POPS507Critical DemographyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
POPS508Population Health and Equity18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores population health within particular communities, emphasising the broader determinants of population health and social equity. It introduces students to aspects of epidemiology, considers demographic and social science perspectives, and explores the relationship between health, community and society. It examines ...
TOED590Directed Study18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The Directed Study provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do a small piece of independent research under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
TOED592Dissertation18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The two paper (60 point) Dissertation provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
TOED593Thesis18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The three paper (90 point) Thesis provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
TOED594Thesis18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The four paper (120 point) thesis provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.

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Human Development is available as a major and graduate level subject in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. Papers in this subject are offered by the Department of Human Development and Counselling in the Faculty of Education. Students majoring in other Social Sciences disciplines for their BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc may also consider taking one or two Human Development papers with particular relevance to their major subject: for instance, Psychology majors may be interested in Conflict Resolution, Working with Groups, or Counselling, and Psychology or Social Policy majors with a critical bent might consider taking Young People in Contemporary New Zealand Society and Difference and Diversity in Human Development.

Available Qualifications

Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BSocSc(Hons) in Human Development, a student should normally have majored in Human Development in their undergraduate degree and have at least a B average in the best three of their 300 level Human Development papers or all of their undergraduate Human Development papers. Students who have taken an undergraduate major in Psychology will normally be considered to meet the criteria for entry to graduate study in Human Development. Admission requirements vary, so students should consult the Graduate Adviser directly.

To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Human Development, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points of research, normally HDCO591 or an equivalent approved by the Programme Convenor and at least 30 further points from papers listed for Human Development. Students who are intending to go on to a MSocSc in Human Development must include an approved research methods paper in their BSocSc(Hons) programme.

Visit Bachelor of Social Sciences to find out more about the entry and requirements for this qualification.

Master of Social Sciences

Entry to the MSocSc in Human Development is open to students who have completed a BSocSc(Hons) in Human Development (or equivalent) and have gained a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

To complete a MSocSc in Human Development, students must take a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and 60 points from approved 500 level papers. MSocSc students who have not completed an approved research methods paper in their honours degree must include an approved research methods paper in their masters programme.

Visit Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) to find out more about the entry and requirements for this qualification.

Postgraduate Certificate

Entry to the PGCert(HumDev) is open to suitably qualified candidates who have completed study at an advanced level and satisfied any prerequisites for graduate study in Human Development.

Students must gain 60 points at 500 level or above in Human Development.

Visit Postgraduate Certificate to find out more about the entry and requirements for this qualification.

Postgraduate Diploma

Entry to the PGDip(HumDev) is open to suitably qualified candidates who have completed study at an advanced level and satisfied any prerequisites for graduate study in Human Development.

Students must gain 120 points at 500 level or above, including 90 points in Human Development.

Visit Postgraduate Diploma to find out more about the entry and requirements for this qualification.


Contacts

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education:

Phone: 0800 832 242 + 64 7 838 4500
Email: teach@waikato.ac.nz