This course focuses on why some individuals are at high risk for poor developmental outcomes, and why certain individuals fare well despite such risks or adversities. The course has a strong developmental emphasis because resilience is viewed as a process, the results of which may not be manifest for years, that is in reference to stage-related outcomes or competencies. There is an ecological emphasis because protective and vulnerability factors often reside in families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.
Course Learning Objectives:
- Describe the key concepts and principles of resilience theory and practice in human development and family studies.
- Evaluate divergent views on the definition and operationalization of resilience.
- Explain risk and protective factors at each stage of development from birth to late adulthood.
- Describe personal attributes that influence the odds of resilient functioning.
- Explain how the contexts in which individuals are embedded may shape their adaptation to adversity.
- Explain resilience as involving mutually beneficial, reciprocally influential relations between a person and his or her context.
- Evaluate interventions and policies with and on behalf of children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities from a resilience framework.
- Exhibit effective written communication skills related to risk and resilience across the lifespan.
HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) or concurrent registration; HDFS 311 (Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context) or concurrent registration; Completion of 75 credits minimum
All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.
If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.
Textbooks and Materials
- Ordinary Magic (2014)
Masten, Ann S.
- Immigrant Stories (2009)
Cynthia Garcia Coll
Not available at the CSU Bookstore
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
Dr. Ortega is an assistant professor in the HDFS department. She has been at CSU for two years but previously taught at the University of Maine and CU Boulder. Dr. Ortega’s research interests include evaluation of prevention and intervention programs for high-risk youth and restorative justice approaches.