SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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Courses Explanation
Topics in Child Development This course is an in-depth study and discussion of research readings representing a broad range of areas in child development. Contrasting theoretical and methodological approaches are critically evaluated. It will provide an opportunity for developing the ability to deal with practical and theoretical research issues in child development.
Child Development and Korean Culture This course provides readings and discussions regarding the philosophies, goals, contents, methods and evaluations of traditional Korean early childhood education. Theories and practices of other nations/cultures are reviewed for comparison.
Development & Guidance of Special Children This course is an introduction to the biological, cognitive, and emotional aspects in the development of special children. Emphasis will be placed on the development of antecedents of maladaptation, current theories, intervention strategies, and family therapy.
Advanced Studies of Children’s Social Development & Education This course is an advanced course examining relevant theoretical approaches and empirical findings regarding the social development of children. Contrasting theories are compared and critically reviewed. Methods of promoting children’s optimal social development in the home and educational institutions are devised.
Advanced Studies of Children’s Cognitive Development & Education This is an advanced course examining current theories and recent research on intellectual development from early infancy through middle childhood. Methods of promoting cognitive development of children in the home and educational institutions are discussed.
Advanced Studies of Children’s Language Development & Education This course provides an examination of theories in language acquisition including biological-maturation, environmental-learning, social-psychology, and pragmatism. The influence of environmental factors (peers, home, kindergarten and school) and parent-child interaction on language development are discussed.
Studies in Family Relations This course will present an integrative and comprehensive assessment of contributions in the field of family relations. Other topics include major theories and research, family problems, and critical issues in family studies.
Issues in Contemporary Families This is a seminar course to discuss various contemporary issues in families. Families experience many changes with respect to recent technological trends and globalization. We discuss what impacts these contextual changes could bring and how families adapt to these changes. Included are topics such as trans-national families under globalization, child birth technology, and demographic trends in families.
Seminar in Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective This course provides a comparative study of kinship, marriage, family organization, the family life cycle, and modes of family functioning across cultures. Topics include the relationship between the economic, political, religious and other institutions, with an emphasis on the adaptation of the family to urbanization and industrialization.
Advanced Seminar in Family Theories This course provides a comprehensive and integrative review of classic and contemporary theories about the family. Other topics include research review and critical issues in applying the theories to family research.
Seminar in Family Stress This course deals with theories related to family development, structure, and behavior in response to social and psychological stress. Normal and dysfunctional family behavior will be studied. The emphasis will be on application to crisis intervention in family systems.
Theory & Practice in Child Play This course will examine theories on the function of play in the development of children and implications of recent research for facilitating play experiences for young children. The meaning and validity of play in the lives of young children, the different ways that children play and the value of each, and the effect of environment in enhancing and supporting play are explored.
Practice in Infant Educare This course is designed for the practice of developmentally appropriate infant educare programs. Opportunities are given to students to teach and care for infants in various levels of classes (1∼6 months, 7∼11 months, 12∼17 months, 3∼5 years, and 6∼7 years). There will be practices on providing children with optimal care, physical and social activities, lessons for language, and cognitive development.
Advanced Teaching Experience in Preschool This course will provide students with experience as a teacher’s assistant in a supervised practicum in early childhood settings (daycare, childcare center, preschool, and kindergarten). It includes the planning and implementing of various learning activities, constructing children’s play-materials, managing a center, working with parents, and evaluating equipment.
Program Construction Methods in Family Life Education This course studies methods for planning, developing and evaluating family life education programs for families.
Theories of Family Therapy This course provides the integration of theory, research, and practice of behavioral experiential and communicational family therapies. Readings will include a wide range of original works by major theorists.
Advanced Research Methods in Child and Family Studies 1 The basic concepts and tools of statistics employed in child and family studies are examined. An overview of basic statistical concepts, models, and methods using computer software to calculate statistics for the analysis which is needed in practical research will be performed.
Topics in Parent-Child Relations This course provides an examination of current theoretical and research perspectives in parent-child relations. Issues of child-rearing practices and socialization practices are emphasized.
Socialization in Multicultural Context This class focuses on socialization of children from diverse backgrounds in the context of family, school, and society. We will pay particular attention to diversity related to race, ethnicity, social class, family structure, and immigration/migration background and how each shapes socialization in similar and different ways across contexts. We will also examine theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues related to studying children and families in a multicultural society.
Child Welfare Policy This course provides an overview of historical/ philosophical bases and legal/administrative issues of child welfare. Issues of child environments such as family, school, and society are examined in relation to the welfare of children. Child welfare systems are compared among nations which are different culturally, ideologically and economically.
Advanced Theory in Child Counseling This is a course designed for the study of theories, issues, problems and new approaches in child counseling. Areas such as optimal child development and adaptation, counseling of special children, child education and child welfare are reviewed.
Topics in Child Care Policy This course provides an overview of historical bases and administrative issues of child care. Child care programs are compared among nations which are culturally different.
Value Theory of Family This course provides a review of related researches on family values, including discussion about the value change according to social changes. The purpose of the course is to find and set up desirable family values in modern society.
Seminar in the Korean Family Life History This course is a critique of occupational issues for family therapists and practitioners. There will be discussions on ethical, legal, and value issues, and social responsibility in family therapy.
Family Welfare Policy This course will include a discussion and review of the interrelationship between families and social policy. There will be particular emphasis given to social services, employment & the work force, and values & traditions of family policy.
Advanced Theories & Practice in Family Counselling This course focuses on the prevention and treatment of various problems in family dynamics. The course provides a broad exposure to the contemporary family theories and approaches, and techniques in counseling including diagnosis and assessment based on various theoretical models. It will advance the student’s understanding of the family counseling through analyses and discussions of current counseling cases as well.
Qualitative Methods in Family Research This course is aimed at the understanding of qualitative methodology in Korean family research. Recent research methodology trends in various topics in family studies will be discussed, including the life course approach.
Topics in Adolescence Development This course is an in-depth study and discussion of research readings representing a broad range of areas in adolescent development. The focus will be on the understanding of qualitative and quantitative intellectual development, development process of self-identity, and the relationship between emotions and society in adolescents.
Seminar on Childhood and Adolescents’ Atypical Development This course deals with the comprehensive understanding of the childhood and adolescents’ atypical development. For this purpose, it will be explored that major theories of developmental psychopathology and etiology, prevalence, characteristics, diagnoses and treatments of various developmental disorders. Through the evaluation about recent outcomes and trends of intervention efforts concerning childhood and adolescents’ atypical development, it will be covered how to relate the knowledge to the children’s and adolescents’ welfare programs and policies.
Advanced Course of Experimental and Observational Methods for Children This advanced course focuses on the comprehensive understanding and practical application of experimental and observational methods for children. For this purpose, this course explores the theoretical considerations and applications of experiment and observation as an important technique for studying and assessing children. The major principles of experimental and observational design and the statistical concepts and methods appropriate for these methods are also examined.
Family Policy Evaluation This course introduces political and philosophical backgrounds and issues in the development of family policy. It also covers policy-making and implementation process. Students will examine and evaluate how major family policies affect individual families as well as family institution.
Advanced Research Methods in Child and Family Studies 2 This course focuses on the most advanced statistical techniques in research methods in Child and Family Studies. Students are expected to learn how to interpret advanced statistical models in recent research literature and to apply them into their own research models. Topics included are structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, analysis of discrete outcomes, and panel data analysis.
Environment and Child Development This course is designed to help students understand the relationship between child’s development and environmental changes of contemporary Korea. It aims to examine of such issues as effect of recent demographic, social, political, economic, and scientific changes and child’s physical and social development. It also covers various risk factors and protective factors found in various environments of Korean child. Exploration of child development and support system through analysis of Korean social and cultural context out of which they have arisen.
Graduate Seminar in Child Development and Family Studies 1 This course is a graduate seminar required to the students of the department of Child Development and Family Studies. The purpose of the seminar is twofold. One purpose is to provide students the opportunities to take special lectures and presentations given by scholars or experts in the field. The other purpose is to give the opportunities of presentation training. Students are expected to participate in the seminar through a presentation and discussion in English.
Graduate Seminar in Child Development and Family Studies 2 This course is a graduate seminar required to the students of the department of Child Development and Family Studies. The purpose of the seminar is twofold. One purpose is to provide students the opportunities to take special lectures and presentations given by scholars or experts in the field. The other purpose is to give the opportunities of presentation training. Students are expected to participate in the seminar through a presentation and discussion in English.
Reading and Research This is a course designed to improve the graduate students’ master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.
Gender and Aging This course provides a general introduction to the theories and research about adult development and gender. Psychological, social and biological changes from youth through late adulthood are discussed. Both individual development within generations and differences among generations are emphasized.
Family and Life Course This course provides an intensive critical analysis of recent research and theories regarding family development and Life Course. There will be discussion of applying family development theory to contemporary families.
Family, Gender, and Work This course reviews the issues related to family, gender, and work. The course also discusses gender socialization process and the role of gender in the context of family development. Gender differences and gender behaviors will be examined with an emphasis on biological, psychological, and social factors. It also present the perspective of feminism regarding gender discrimination and gender stratification.
Advanced Seminar in Understanding Families in Multicultural Society In this course, students will gain knowledge in various theoretical perspectives, concepts, and approaches that are useful to understanding families in multicultural society. The first sets of readings will consist of both theoretical and empirical writings on families in other multicultural societies, such as the United States. The later half of the course will be devoted to reading about and discussing current discourses and research on families in Korea. For each class, students are expected to critically reflect on assigned readings, prepare presentations, and actively participate in discussion.
Marital Relationships This course intends to give an overview of the various aspects of marital relationships. The course will deal with couple dynamics around fertility decisions, sexuality, parenting, conflict and violence, and stress, providing a deeper understanding of marital relationships for students planning to conduct marriage-related research.

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