EED173 Human Development (8)

From child to adult
This subject explores ways different societies have viewed childhood and adolescence over time, and different perspectives about human growth and development reflecting contemporary beliefs and values. Even before birth genetic and environmental factors influence human growth and development, and from infancy, through childhood, into adolescence and onto emerging adulthood a variety of developmental factors shape the way we experience the world, learn about the world and engage with the world. Understanding human development and the issues underpinning growth, identity, learning, relationships building and the transition to adulthood are significant foundations for any career involving working with people and the wider community.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EED173. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Office for Students

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the CSU Pathway Program - Diploma of General Studies.

Assumed Knowledge

Normally applicants will have Year 12 or equivalent, however applicants with other educational backgrounds will also be considered.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • 1. Show understanding of different cultural views of childhood to adulthood.
  • 2. Identify and analyse concepts of human development.
  • 3. Analyse and evaluate historical perspectives of human development.
  • 4. Demonstrate an understanding of the main theories of human development, their similarities and differences and the main controversies they have generated.
  • 5. Understand and analyse the application of developmental and contextual factors in selected human services professions.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introducing human development
  • Exploring perspectives of human development
  • Investigating perceptions of human development over time
  • Understanding human development and life stages in practice: physical growth, motor development, cognitive development, social development and personality development
  • Analysing issues in human development


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.