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The following are Youth, Family, and Community Science online courses that are available to Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Studies students only (GR, PBS). Unless noted, all Youth, Family, and Community Science online courses are 3 credit hours. Courses with * are required for all master’s degree programs, along with the option for students to choose one of the three courses marked with **. Click the course title to display a description for a specific course.
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In preparation for professional positions in family life & youth development, students will work with a faculty member or community-based organization to design a Master’s capstone project that aligns with their professional goals and offers field-based experience. Faculty supervision required.
This course will critically compare and evaluate major human development and family science theories, their application to the field, and the usefulness of theory in describing, explaining, predicting, and/or changing behavior.
Application of theories and research about interpersonal relationships and family dynamics as related to issues facing families over the life course, including the changing role of the individual throughout the lifespan. The course will emphasize the interplay of social, developmental, and health factors affecting change, continuity, and well-being.
Family resource management theory is used to examine personal financial management concepts. Family systems and stress theories will be employed to emphasize the interconnections between families, communities, resources through topics such as personal management (decision-making, time & organizational management, stress management); human and social capital (education, skill building, health, employability, relationships); physical capital (transportation, real estate, and housing); financial management (credit and debt, budgeting, retirement issues, bankruptcy).
This course examines educational intervention best practices, referral options, and prevention strategies for difficult issues including: addictions/substance abuse; family violence; illness, death, and dying; pornography/online addiction; sexuality/teen pregnancy; & rape and other acts of violence.
This course will examine health and well-being issues of special concern to families, especially healthy lifestyle choices. Areas of focus will include food safety and nutrition, physical activity and well-being and healthy environments. Woven throughout the course will be the family’s role in creating supportive situations related to health and well-being, as well as the impact of public and social policies. Students must have completed a Bachelor’s of Science.
This course will provide students with an advanced understanding of the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of sexual development throughout the lifespan. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional and psychological aspects of sexual involvement; sexual behaviors, values, and decision-making; gender and sexuality; and influences of sexuality on interpersonal relationships. The course will focus on developmental sexuality across the life course.
The course will include an examination of social, economic, and behavioral housing theory, historical and current housing policy and its relationship to the housing, neighborhoods and community development, and an investigation of diverse populations and their housing/neighborhood concerns.
This course will examine theoretical and empirical literature in family life and parenting education, along with implications for issues affecting families/parents throughout the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be placed on the content, delivery, and evaluation of parenting education programs.
This course examines communication in interpersonal relationships and relationship coaching. Topics include identifying individual, couple, and family strengths; appreciating differences; discovering purpose; managing conflict; conducting successful critical conversations; mending relationships; effective communication; direct and indirect communication. This skills-based course prepares students to coach individuals or couples on interpersonal issues.
The focus of this course is improving familial relationships through coaching. As a result of this course, students will leave with the skills and training needed to apply coaching skills to family life issues including parenting, working with special needs, and relationship coaching. Focus also on planing for building and sustaining a family life or parent coaching business.
This course examines the application of classic and contemporary theories and models of leadership to the work of professionals in community-based organizations. Students will examine leadership from diverse perspectives, and then analyze the strengths and weaknesses of leadership theories and models when applied to organizational development of community-based systems.
This is a basic research course that helps students understand qualitative and quantitative methodology, program evaluation, and students will learn how to read and write a research paper. Students will have an opportunity to apply these concepts through the design of their own research project.
This course explores how to develop programs, grants, and program evaluation in community-based family life and youth development settings. Major topics of focus include: 1) planning; 2) design and implementation; and 3) impact evaluation and accountability
This course explores the fundamental concepts of child and youth development through adolescence as applied to programmatic and organizational contexts. A special focus is placed upon the concepts as applied to Community Youth theories & practice.
This course prepares educators and professionals to better establish, lead, and manage collaborations and partnerships. Specific foci include: strategic planning, building your team, group problem solving, managing power and conflict, & collaborating for sustainability.
This course is designed to prepare current and future professionals who lead and manage community-based organizations. Course includes: fundamentals of management and leadership; institutional and organizational structures; administrative and strategic planning; working with advisory and governing groups; marketing and program delivery systems; information management systems; and human resource, financial, facilities, and risk management systems.
This course is designed to prepare current and future community-based youth and family professionals to better manage volunteers in local program service delivery. Specific foci include: volunteerism as a social phenomenon; volunteer resource management; new forms of volunteerism; and future trends in volunteerism
In-depth examination of current and emerging issues and trends impacting volunteer involvement in community-based youth and family organizations. The course is designed to prepare current and future youth and family professionals to manage volunteers in local program delivery; examining contemporary research related to trends and issues, and evaluating historical and current social phenomena so as to understand their impact upon volunteer involvement and consider future challenges for volunteer administrators
This course explores contemporary issues facing youth, family, and community professionals in the United States. Students will explore respective social, cultural, political, and/or organizational underpinnings of issues as focused in two major domains: (1) family law and public policy and (2) professional ethics and practice. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the legal issues, policies, and laws influencing the well-being of families, along with understanding the character and quality of human social conduct. This includes the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues as they relate to professional practice.
This course examines the fundamental theories and concepts of early childhood development (birth through age 5) as applied to family contexts. We will explore theoretical and empirical literature in early childhood development and examine the implications for practice with families and community-based organizations.
This course will identify and explore similarities and differences of racial, ethnic, cultural, educational, economic, and social concerns in Costa Rica (CR) and the US with specific emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Students will visit various CR organizations that address social justice issues such as poverty and entrepreneurship, youth engagement, domestic violence, voter education, and restorative justice. Students will explore specific cultural characteristics and historical milestones of CR. As part of the course assignments, students will complete a journal or blog providing insights into working with diverse populations and creating inclusive practices.
E-Basics introduces the basic skills for program evaluation through online, self-paced (Moodle) modules and quizzes. This course will provide an introduction to and practice in program evaluation and skills.
This course is designed for thesis students to work independently under the direction of the student’s advisor on their thesis research.
Philosophy, design, interpretation and practice of scientific research in agricultural and extension education, with a particular focus on the skills necessary to be an effective and critical “consumer” of research that is practiced within the field. Web based course.
This course provides a general introduction to the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in behavioral science research. Methods for describing and summarizing data presented, followed by procedures for estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses concerning summarized data.