DESCRIPTION: This course provides an integrated overview of the process of human development in various social contexts. We will address psychological, cultural, and theological perspectives on the nature of personal and social development as we seek to answer the question, “What is God’s intention for persons to develop into?” Development will be explored from the poles of flourishing and languishing as informed by humankind’s origin in God. A life-span approach will explore core areas of identity development including: moral/faith, gender and sexuality, family, and cultural/ethnicity. Similarly the course will address developmental challenges including: abuse, addiction, disability, family dysfunction, poverty, and political oppression. Students will also reflect on their own life experiences in light of the course content. [This course will cover the various reporting requirements for each profession.]
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will:
1. Be able to design ministry practices that take into consideration critical life span issues of human nature and functioning;
2. Be able to identify individual, familial, community and cultural resources and risks that influence flourishing and languishing;
3. Demonstrate appropriate and nuanced understanding of age, gender, economic, ethnic, and cultural diversity; and,
4. Identify personal issues that may impact their own well-being and will design an action plan to address them.
RELATIONSHIP TO SEMINARY LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will be:
1. Engaged in the study of Bible, theology, and spirituality in a way that contributes to their following their vocation;
2. Attentive to the diverse nature of the church and the world and practiced in engaging with it; and,
3. Equipped to pursue their vocation.
This four unit course meets for three hours per week for lectures and discussions. Video presentations, class discussion, and guest lectures will facilitate course objectives. Students are expected to complete assigned readings prior to class. All assignments must be completed to pass the course and regular attendance is expected.
Balswick, J. O., & Balswick, J. K. (2008). The family: A Christian perspective on the home. (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. $24.99 ISBN 978-0-8010-3249-3
Balswick, J. O., King, P. E., & Reimer K. S. (2005). The reciprocating self: Human development in theological perspective. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. $27.00 ISBN 978-0-8308-2793-0
Myers, D. G., & Jeeves, M. A. (2003). Psychology through the eyes of faith (Revised and updated ed.). New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers. $15.99 ISBN 978-0-06-065557-0 ***NOTE: Students are highly encouraged to purchase this book in the Seminary Bookstore. It is very difficult to get the 2003 edition online.***
Course Reader (available on course moodle site)
Berger, K. S. (2008). The developing person through the lifespan (7th ed.) or The developing person through the lifespan ebook. New York, NY: Worth Publications. (or other approved lifespan text book)
Midterm and final exams, ministry application blog, journal assignments (including personal reflections, personality assessments, theological/intercultural reflections, and case studies).
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: MDiv: Elective; MA: Core course.
FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes
Catalog Copy for FS510
FS510: Human Development in Context. This course provides an integrated overview of the process of human development and social systems. The course addresses psychological, cultural, and theological perspectives on the nature of personal and social development. Students are required to reflect on their own life experiences in light of the course content. 4 units, grade, Pasadena.