• ADP1201H – Child and Adolescent Development: This course addresses issues and developmental changes in children and the factors involved in child development. Infancy, the preschool period, early school years, intermediate years, and adolescence are covered. Clinical and/or educational issues may be covered in some sections of this course.
• ADP1256H – Child Abuse: Intervention and Prevention: An examination of the nature and consequences of child maltreatment. Theory and research in physical, sexual, and emotional abuse will be reviewed. Coverage includes recent therapeutic interventions and promising prevention initiatives. The objective of this course is to provide a knowledge base for more effective practice and inquiry
• ADP1265H – Social Development in Infants and Children: This course deals with current issues and research in particular areas of social and personality development. The focus of the course will vary from year to year and will include identity and personality formation, emotional influences on development, and moral development. As well as examining current research, we will consider implications of this research for the contexts in which children are socialized and the developmental outcomes that result from different kinds of experiences.
• ADP1279H – Preventative Interventions for Children at Risk: This course examines evidence-based efforts to prevent problems that place children and youth at risk. Focus will be on ways of reducing risk and increasing protective factors. Coverage includes interventions that effectively deal with health, social, and educational issues impacting well being and life chances. Poverty, chronic illness, and intentional and unintentional injury are some of the areas surveyed.
• ADP3201H – Qualitative Research Methods in Human Development and Applied Psychology: This course provides an overview of qualitative research methodology and techniques. Coverage includes major philosophy of science, historical, and contemporary (critical, post modern, hermeneutic, constructivist and feminist) perspectives. Ethnographic, life history, individual and multiple case study, and focus group methods will be reviewed in relation to a narrative framework. Observational, interview, personal record, and archival data management will be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to design, implement, analyze, and report a micro qualitative study. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of computers and visual imaging techniques.
• ADP3204H – Contemporary History and Systems of Applied Psychology: An examination of the historical and philosophical bases of modern theories of applied psychology. Emphasis is on counselling, developmental, and educational psychology. The goals of the course are a) to make explicit the origins of current ideas in applied psychology, and b) to demonstrate the importance of historical context in understanding research and practice issues.
ADP2200Y – Child Study: Observation, Evaluation, Reporting and Research (limited to students who are enrolled in the Master of Arts Child Study and Education Program offered through the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study). This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge fundamental to a developmentally oriented systematic study of children through observing, recording, interpreting, and reporting in a professional manner the behaviour and development of children in diverse practice and research settings. A range of methods from direct observation to standardized testing will be surveyed. The role of the teacher-research and issues in connecting research and practice is emphasized.