Child & Human Development

Family Studies @ Fraser

Why Study Child and Human Development?

Child studies applies to ALL students. Child studies helps students understand themselves and others. Child studies helps individuals understand how they have developed and why they do the things they do. " It has been said that the body of knowledge about children's development doubles every three years. Today's knowledge comes from studies in psychology, sociology, linguistics, health, anthropology, history, and education." www.education.com Child studies appeals to many students due to the wide range of topics and is applicable to many professional career choices. Not only can students use the knowledge learned in their future careers, it is also vital to their roles as parents.


Courses available at Fraser

HPW 3C0 - Working with Infants & Young Children

This course prepares students for occupations involving children from birth to six

years of age. Students will study theories about child behaviour and development,

and will have opportunities for research and observation and for practical experiences

with young children. Students will become familiar with occupational opportunities

and requirements related to working with infants and young children. They will also

have opportunities to develop research and critical-thinking skills as they investigate

and evaluate current research about early childhood education.


Students in this course work one-on-one with a child (age 2-5) in our department playschool 3 days a week for 12-14 weeks. Students will also take on the responsibility of developing and leading circle and craft activities around a specific theme as teacher of the day.


HPC 3O0 - Raising Healthy Children

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge parents, guardians, and caregivers

need, with particular emphasis on maternal health, pregnancy, birth, and the early

years of human development (birth to six years old). Through study and practical

experience, students will learn how to meet the developmental needs of young children, communicate with them, and effectively guide their early behaviour. Students

will develop their research skills through investigations related to caregiving

and child rearing.


Students in this course work one-on-one with a child (age 2-5) in our department playschool 3 days a week for 12-14 weeks. Students will also take on the responsibility of developing and leading circle and craft activities around a specific theme as teacher of the day. One of the experiential learning highlights of this course is students take care of the computerized baby - taking on the role of a parent.


HHG 4M0 - Human Development Through the Lifespan



This course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human development

throughout the lifespan. Students will learn about a range of theoretical perspectives

on human development. They will examine threats to healthy development as well as

protective factors that promote resilience. Students will learn about physical, cognitive,

and social-emotional development from the prenatal period through old age and

will develop their research and inquiry skills by investigating issues related to

human development.



Students in this course work one-on-one with a child (age 2-5) in our department playschool 3 days a week for 12-14 weeks. Students will also take on the responsibility of developing and leading circle and craft activities around a specific theme as teacher of the day.