BASc - Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD)

The Major

The Family Studies and Human Development major focuses on the development of individuals and families across the lifespan within the context of relationships, and diverse social and cultural influences. This interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the influence of psychological, social, biological, and economic factors on individual health, well-being, and relationships across the lifespan. Guaranteed practicum placement(s) enable students to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for work with individuals and groups in a variety of settings, completing up to 336 hours of practical experience. Restricted electives allow students to focus their studies on one or more content areas including: (1) Adult Development and Gerontology, (2) Sexuality and Relationships, and (3) Youth Studies. You can also declare a minor.

Through the effective use of elective courses, the core requirements in the major can be supplemented to create a program of study that will prepare graduates for a variety of careers working with individuals and their families. Graduates pursue careers in a variety of settings including family and community service agencies; government; research institutions; health promotion divisions; support services delivery for individuals and their families; health and social care agencies; employee and family assistance programs; and local social planning councils. Many graduates go on to pursue graduate education in fields such as social work, human sexuality, gerontology, public health, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, recreation therapy, family law and mediation, couple and family therapy, education, social policy, and family relations and human development.

The Learning Approach

Our courses involve you in current research and theory broadly in family studies and human development. You will then have the opportunity to deepen your studies in one or more of the content areas, and you can also declare a minor, and/or choose electives in a related or complementary field. Field placements and community service learning opportunities will enable you to gain knowledge, skills and values to work effectively with individuals and groups in a variety of settings.

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Adult or parent education
  • Community-based services
  • Working with older adults
  • Health promotion
  • Sexuality education
  • Secondary school teaching*
  • Counselling or social work*
  • Occupational therapy*
  • Speech and language pathology**

*Careers which require further education/training

Schedule of Studies

Semester 1

  • FRHD*1010 Human Development [0.50]
  • NUTR*1010 Introduction to Nutrition [0.50]
  • PSYC*1000 Introduction to Psychology [0.50]
  • 1.00 electives or restricted elective

Semester 2

  • FRHD*1020 Couple and Family Relationships [0.50]
  • MBG*1000 Genetics and Society [0.50]
  • 1.00 electives or restricted electives

One of:

  • ANTH*1150 Introduction to Anthropology [0.50]
  • SOC*1100 Sociology [0.50]

Semester 3

  • STAT*2080 Introductory Applied Statistics I [0.50]
  • 1.50 electives or restricted electives

One of:

  • FRHD*2060 Adult Development & Aging [0.50]
  • FRHD*2280 Adolescent Development [0.50]

Semester 4

  • FRHD*2100 Development of Human Sexuality [0.50]
  • FRHD*2400 Introduction to Human Services [0.50]
  • STAT*2090 Introductory Applied Statistics II [0.50]
  • 1.00 electives or restricted electives [0.50]

Semester 5

  • FRHD*3070 Research Methods: Family Studies [0.50]
  • FRHD*3090Poverty and Health [0.50]
  • 0.50 electives or restricted electives

One of:

  • FRHD*3250 Practicum I: Youth [1.00]
  • FRHD*3290 Practicum I: Adult [1.00]

Note: FRHD*3250/3290 may be taken in either Semester 5 or Semester 6

Semester 6

  • FRHD*3040 Parenting and Intergenerational Relationships [0.50]
  • FRHD*3400 Communication and Counselling Skills [0.50]
  • 1.50 electives or restricted electives

Semester 7

  • FRHD*4020 Family Theory [0.50]
  • FRHD*4310 Professional Issues [0.50]
  • 1.50 electives or restricted electives

Semester 8

  • FRHD*4260 Social Policies [0.50]
  • 1.50 electives or restricted electives

One of:

  • FRHD*4200 Issues in Human Sexuality [0.50]
  • FRHD*4250 Aging & Health [0.50]
  • FRHD*4400 Youth, Risk & Resilience [0.50]

Restricted Electives

In addition to the 11.00 required credits, an additional 1.50 restricted electives are required in total from any of the courses listed in the restricted electives content areas (can be from one or more areas).

Restricted Electives Content Area 1: Adult Development & Gerontology

  • BIOL*1080 Biological Concepts of Health [0.50]
  • BIOM*2000 Concepts in Human Physiology [0.50]
  • FRHD*2060 Adult Development & Aging [0.50]
  • FRHD*3060 Social Gerontology [0.50]
  • FRHD*3500 Research Internship [0.50]
  • FRHD*4190 Assessment in Gerontology [0.50]
  • FRHD*4250 Aging & Health [0.50]
  • FRHD*4290 Practicum II: Adult [1.00]
  • FRHD*4810 Thesis I [0.50]
  • FRHD*4910 Thesis II [1.00]
  • NUTR*3150 Aging & Nutrition [0.50]

Restricted Electives Content Area 2: Sexuality & Relationships

  • ENGL*2190 Representation & Sexuality [0.50]
  • FRHD*3500 Research Internship [0.50]
  • FRHD*4200 Issues in Human Sexuality [0.50]
  • FRHD*4290 Practicum II: Adult [1.00]
  • FRHD*4810 Thesis I [0.50]
  • FRHD*4910 Thesis II [1.00]
  • HIST*3020 Sexuality & Gender in History [0.50]
  • SOAN*2400 Introduction to Gender Systems [0.50]

Restricted Electives Content Area 3: Youth Studies

  • FRHD*2280 Adolescent Development [0.50]
  • FRHD*3500 Research Internship [0.50]
  • FRHD*4340 Practicum II: Youth [1.00]
  • FRHD*4400 Youth, Risk & Resilience [0.50]
  • FRHD*4810 Thesis I [0.50]
  • FRHD*4910 Thesis II [1.00]
  • HIST*3200 Youth in History [0.50]
  • SOC*3710 Youth Justice [0.50]