EED173 Human Development (8)

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.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst 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


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Diploma of General Studies and the CSU Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and describe different cultural views of childhood to adulthood;
  • be able to identify and analyse concepts of human development;
  • be able to analyse and evaluate historical perspectives of human development;
  • be able to explain main theories of human development, their similarities and differences and main controversies they have generated; and
  • be able to describe 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EED173 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment task 1: developmental stages
Assessment task 2: investigating a human service
Assessment task 3: changing views and practice

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.