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HDS 160 - Special Topics Seminar in Human Development

Special topics in human developmental sciences are discussed. Renumbered from HDP 160. HDS 160 and/or HDP 160 may be taken for credit for a combined total of three times when topics vary. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, department approval required.

Looking for the HDS 160 topic on Equity and Diverstiy Initiatives?  Check out the new course number HDS 170: Equity and Diversity Practicum!


Previous HDS 160 topics

Fall 2021: Actionable EDI

Now Offererd as HDS 170!
Actionable EDI

Recognizing the need to directly address Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in institutional practices, this course brings together a cohort of HDS students to learn and implement methods of program assessment and improvement to specifically address EDI initiatives. 

The class uses HDS as a case study, providing students an opportunity to systematically research, discuss, and analyze different aspects of the HDS educational program, particularly in alignment with EDI principles. With a quarterly focus on topics such as general curriculum, content areas & topics, course syllabi, culture & climate, students will employ multiple modes of reporting to share findings, feedback, and actionable recommendations with HDS leadership, instructors, and students.

This course provides opportunities to build research methods skills, EDI consciousness, and leadership abilities, while collaboratively working towards building understanding of program needs and areas for development.


This course can be credited for the following HDS categories:

  • Methods Elective for HDS Bachelor of Science Students
  • Equity & Diversity Practicum/Specialization for both our HDS Major and Minor specializations in EDI
  • Development Series Elective for Bachelor of Arts Students

Fall 2017: Power, Wealth, and Inequality in Human Development

Now offered as HDS 175

Inequality affects social mobility and opportunities for diverse communities in the United States, having long-term implications for lifespan development. A multidisciplinary approach examines the differential effects on development fostered by disparities in socio-economic, educational and cultural factors.

Counts as:

  • Domain 3 Core: Socio-Cultural Development
  • Domain 3 Development Course: Socio-Cultural Development

Fall 2014: Human Sexuality - Dr. Amanda Roberts

Interested in this topic?  Look for PSYC 172--Psych of Human Sexualilty

In this course a wide spectrum of topics relating to sexuality will be discussed. While many issues are controversial, they will be presented in an open-minded, honest and in as accurate a manner possible. Topics highly relevant to students interested in human development, gender studies, health policy, pre-med and psychology will be covered. Importantly, students will be required to critically read relevant peer-reviewed research as well as explore how the popular media portrays sexuality topics. A primary goal of this course beyond teaching the specific material is to provide students with the tools to approach sexuality (their own and others’) in a physically and mentally healthy manner. The main objectives of this course, therefore, are to: 1. Provide students the tools to understand sexuality research and to promote media literacy; 2. Provide practical information relating to sexuality and health; 3. Allow students to appreciate and explore the great diversity of sexual behaviors with respect to age, gender, orientation, ethnicity, and culture; and 4. To help students feel comfortable making responsible decisions in their personal lives and beyond. (HDS Majors/Minors may petition this course in lieu of PSYC 172. HDS credit for both courses is not allowed.)