2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Health and Human Development

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Nancy Anderson community and international health, George Freeman clinical psychology

Fields of Study: biology, community studies, cultural studies, gender and women's studies, health, physiology, psychology, queer studies and somatic studies

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10207 (16) Jr - Sr; 10216 (8) Jr - Sr  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20150 (16) Jr - Sr; 20151 (8) Jr - Sr; 20422 (1-16) So - Sr  Conditions Must meet with faculty at or prior to the Academic Fair, December 1, 2010. Full-time students must have a prearranged, health-related internship approved by the faculty.  

Spring: Enrollment Closed  CRN (Credit) Level 30164 (16) Jr - Sr; 30165 (8) Jr - Sr; 30416 (1-16) So - Sr  

Credits: 8, 16(F); 8, 16(W); 8, 16(S)

Class Standing: Junior - Senior

Offered During: Day, Evening and Weekend

Prerequisites: One year study in an interdisciplinary, liberal arts program.


This thematically-based program explores the intersection of human development, health and society. Each quarter examines this relationship through content-related themes and experiences to better understand the fundamentals of health and human development. This program is designed between Evening and Weekend Studies and full-time offerings. The core of the program meets as a whole community using an evening/weekend format. Twelve credit students may register (with faculty signature) to complete an in-program internship.  Full time students will meet additional hours during the week.

Our learning community will grapple with the age-old questions regarding the nature/nurture controversy. We will use the themes of our program to engage questions like: “How do we navigate our way through the world to build a healthy sense of self? What myths and beliefs guide our decision-making regarding health? What barriers prevent us from achieving a more wholesome lifestyle? How can we acquire the skills necessary to successfully be and create a health-based community? Along with these questions we will study the particulars of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, the ability/disability spectrum and religious affiliation/identity as predictors of achieving health and well-being. We'll also examine these characteristics in terms of their social construction and the creation of a multicultural, democratic society.

Each quarter focuses on human development and the psychological, biological and social constructs that guide the stages of development. Fall quarter begins with adolescent and young adult development, the social and genetic construction of identity, the question of what makes for a healthy stage of development and the barriers to achieving optimal states of health and well being. Winter quarter deepens our study of developmental theory through the study of birth, early and late childhood developmental themes, and community-based health and social services. During spring quarter we’ll turn our attention to later adulthood and aging and the health-based concerns that arise. The program will progress from a faculty-directed course of study toward a more student-originated design.

Students completing this program will come to a stronger understanding of their personal lives as situated in a variety of contexts. They will develop strategies for engaging in a range of settings to promote social change, in-depth personal development, increased self-awareness, critical commentary and analyses, and practices that promote health and well-being. They will learn basic tools and strategies for analysis of community health needs. They will come to understand themselves as a member of multiple communities and as having a responsibility to these communities.

Maximum Enrollment: 50

Advertised Schedule: All students in this program will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on five Saturdays per quarter (fall: Oct. 2, 16, 30, Nov. 13, Dec. 4; winter: Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 26, Mar. 5; spring: Apr. 2, 16, 30, May 21, Jun. 4). Students registered for 16 credits will also meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Internship Required: Winter/Spring: with faculty approval

Preparatory for studies or careers in: education, abnormal psychology and personality theory, community psychology, human development, diversity and multicultural studies, community health, anti-oppression studies, quantitative research theory and design, systems theory and group process/change, writing, and health-related fields.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
January 12th, 2011 This program will not be accepting new enrollment Spring quarter.
December 2nd, 2010 This program will accept new enrollment without signature.
May 30th, 2010 Daytime meeting days now listed as Tuesdays.