Course Designs (University)
I've taught university students, particularly pre-service teachers, for over 15 years. I learn the most through teaching.
- Social Relationships and Health. Biological, psychosocial, and physiological connections between relationships and health trajectories.
Development of Peer Relationships. Influences of peer relationships on cognitive, social and emotional development. Topics included social competence, social influence, aggression and bullying.
- Inclusion in Schools, Family, and Society. Philosophical and practical issues of inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in the family, schools and the community.
- Globalization and Children. How processes of globalization influence the everyday lives and overall development of children: A focus on the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.
Development of Self and Identity in Young Children. Multidisciplinary exploration of the development of self and identity in childhood and adolescence, focusing on classic and contemporary theoretical frameworks. Topics included distinction between self-as-subject and self-as-object, unity versus multiplicity in the self, and social construction of selfhood.
- Family Violence and Maltreatment. Conflict within modern family relationships. Contemporary research on spousal violence, power and decision-making, sexual abuse and child abuse. Socio-historical factors contributing to increased family stress. Institutional and interpersonal strategies for reducing family conflict.
- Peer Cultures. Survey of peer cultures emphasizing social structural and interpretive understandings of peer group formation and their impact on child and youth identity.
Developmental Psychology. Basic concepts and contemporary issues in the psychological development of children: cognition, psychosocial, memory, motivation, and learning.
- Risk Taking in Children and Youth. Topics included youth lifestyle choices, problem behaviour theory, risk and protective factors, competence, and developmental pathways in the context of community, family, peer, and intrapersonal factors.
- Abnormal Psychology. Evaluate clinical syndromes ranging from the mild patterns of personality pathology to the more severe disorders. Examination of techniques involved in the diagnosis of disorders and the types of therapy available.
- Community Psychology. The application of psychological principles to social issues such as child abuse, homelessness, school violence, racism, crime, and chemical dependency. Topics related to community psychology include theories of community psychology, research methods, community mental health, prevention programs, the community practitioner as social change agent, and applications of community psychology to other settings and situations.
- Models of Stress and Adaptation. Examination of psychological models of stress, stressors, and resources for adjustment and growth.
- Qualitative Research Design. Introduction to qualitative and applied approaches in the multidisciplinary study of children and youth, emphasizing theoretical foundations, research design, data collection, and analysis.
- Children's Learning in a Digital World. Multidisciplinary perspectives on the use and impact of digital media: immersive worlds, social networking, cyber-bullying, world wide web applications, communication patterns, boundaries and responsibilities within cyberspace.