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Human Development


This unit discusses the development of the human using various theories and considering physical, cognitive, sociocultural and spiritual development. It considers the impact that crises, environment, spirituality and family can have on normative development in light of a Christian worldview.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Articulate and differentiate theories of development, transitions and stages of human 
development* across the life span including current understandings about 
neurobiological behaviour.
  2. Articulate and evaluate theories and etiology of trauma-causing events and addiction, 
including strategies for prevention, intervention and treatment
  3. Articulate and evaluate theories and models of individual, cultural, couple, family and 
community resilience and wellness over the lifespan.
  4. Explain human behaviour, including an understanding of developmental crises, disability, 
psychopathology and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and 
abnormal behaviour.
  5. Develop a theological and spiritual rationale that integrates evidence-based research and 
developmental theory with clinical practice.

* NOTE: This is a PACFA requirement

Offered: in second semester 2019 (see timetable for seminars).


Discussion forum topic 1,2,3,4: 4 X 500 words (4 X 10%)
Essay 1: 1000 words (15%)
Essay 2: 1000 words (15%)
Developmental analysis paper 2000 words (30%)


Beckett, C. & Taylor, H. (2016) Human Growth and Development (3rd ed), SAGE Publications.

Brighton, K. (2007) Coming of Age: The Education and Development of Young Adolescents, National Middle School Association.

* Broderick, P.C. and Blewitt, P. (2014) The Life Span: Human Development for Helping pofessionals (4th ed), Pearson.

Feldman, R.S. (2016) Development Across the Lifespan, Pearson.
Roehlkepartain, E.C. & King, P.E. (2005) The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence, SAGE Publications. Yust, M.Y. (2004) , Josey Bass.