Department of Human & Community Development | Illinois

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Courses in Human and Community Development (HCD)

HCD 533. Community in American Society
Classic U. S. community studies are paired with current journal articles to examine how people in rural, suburban, and urban places go about making, maintaining or losing "community" in the context of societal change. The community studies provide a window on change at the local level including: urbanization, suburbanization, ethnic group interactions, inner-city poverty concentration, household structure variation, economic restructuring, and environmental impacts. Community studies are also critically evaluated both theoretically and as a research strategy. Same as SOC 572, and UP 533. Prerequisite: HCD 531. 4 hours.

HCD 534. Neighborhoods and Human Dev
Theories, methodological issues, and current empirical research on the impact of neighborhoods on human development and family welfare across the life course including how neighborhoods characteristics, e.g., poverty, racial and ethnic composition, and geographic space, influence child and adolescent development, health, and employment opportunities and success in adulthood. Key mechanisms include: family conditions, local environment, social networks, and spatial mismatch. 4 hours.

HCD 539. Youth, Culture and Society

Examines youth as a historically and culturally specific social formation; examines discursive and material positioning of youth within broader intersecting racial, cultural, socio-economic, gender and political contexts to situate youth and youth cultural practices within global and local processes. Specific topics include youth cultures, juvenile justice, education, labor, consumerism, politics, sexuality and activism, as well as methodological considerations of conducting research on youth. 4 hours.

HCD 541. Social Ent in Diverse Society

Examines issues raised by race, ethnicity, and class in the context of a diverse American society so that students may critically analyze the complexity these bring to the creation and implementation of public policy, service delivery, as well as governance and politics. Emphasizes both the processes of critical analysis and principles of social entrepreneurship as important vehicles to bring about sustainable change. Effective social policies and interventions in a diverse society are characterized by a demonstrable reduction of social tensions at the community level as well as increased access to social goods such as adequate housing, safe communities, efficient transportation, affordable health care, quality education, and other public goods and services. Same as LLS 554 and SOCW 554. Prerequisite: SOCW 451, or consent of instructor for non-Social Work majors. 4 hours.

HCD 543. Ethnography Urban Communities

Addresses substantive, theoretical, methodological, and policy issues within the field of urban community studies. Focusing primarily on African American urban communities, with comparisons to other racial-ethnic group communities (e.g. Euro-American, Latino, immigrant), ethnographic case studies are used to explore community processes (formation, ghettoization, gentrification, transnationalism), their relationship to historical, economic, social, and political factors, and how these processes are influences by ethnicity, class, gender and developmental cycle. Attention will also be given to how empirical studies can be used to inform public policies affecting urban communities. Interdisciplinary readings draw primarily from anthropology, education, and sociology. Same as SOC 578. 4 hours.

HCD 571. Gender Relations & Intl Dev

Interdisciplinary seminar examining theoretical and empirical research on gender and the transformation of social and economic structures. Students will develop a comparative perspective on issues of women and public policy by contrasting and comparing such policies in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and Africa. Same as GWS 512. 4 hours.


HCD 590. Advanced Research Methods
Overview of positivist, interpretive, and critical research paradigms and their quantitative and qualitative methodologies; critical evaluation of current social science literature; students develop their own research proposals. 4 hours.

HCD 591. Qualitative Methods: Ethnography & Grounded Theory
Training in field research methods, including various forms of observation and interviewing, to gain a comprehensive and holistic view of social life through the study of people in natural settings in a selected field site. Topics include: historical background of qualitative research, theoretical traditions informing qualitative studies, site and informant selection, research strategies, data analysis, and managing field relations. Emphasizes use of qualitative methods to study diverse families and neighborhood settings. 4 hours.

HCD 594. Advanced Quantitative Methods

Detailed overview of quantitative research methods and analyses used in human development, family, and community research, including data management, multi-method approaches, and considerations typical in logintudinal research. Students prepare an NSF-format research grant proposal,including budget and IRB approval documentation. Prerequisite: HCD 590 or equivalent. 4 hours.

HCD 595. Seminar
Discussion and evaluation of current literature on selected topics in human and community development. May be repeated. 1 to 4 hours.

HCD 598. Special Problems in HCD
Research or independent study on a special problem that is not part of thesis work. May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 8 hours. 2 to 4 hours.

HCD 599. Thesis Research
Individual thesis research under supervision of faculty in specialized fields of human and community development. May be repeated. Approved for S/U grading only. 0 to 16 hours.