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 Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
On CampusAlbury-Wodonga Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
On CampusDubbo Campus
On CampusPort Macquarie
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USOffice for Students

Assumed Knowledge

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

Enrolment restrictions

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

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.


The 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


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.