Human Development is concerned with the study of the human lifespan from conception onwards.
In this programme you can study childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing - so this subject touches on something relevant to the lives of most people. Understanding how people develop throughout their lives and how social context can influence possibilites for individuals, is important and useful knowledge for everyone.
The theories and ideas behind Human Development are an important background for those wishing to go into professions such as social work, nursing and teaching. It is also a subject that informs social policy in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
DegreesBachelor of Social Sciences
Human Development can also be taken as a second major or supporting subject within most degrees.
Papers offered in TaurangaHDCO100 Human Development
PCSS101 Educational Studies
PSYC102 Social and Developmental Psychology
SOCP102 Introduction to Social Policy
200 Level and Beyond
200 and 300 level papers examine young children's development in families, adolescent development, adult development and ageing, learning, developmental psychology, motivation and behaviour and talent development.
Read more about studying Human Development at the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus.