Adulthood and Families
HDFS 249N / HDFS 397
May 21 - June 12, 2022
With the vibrant and global city of London as their base, students in this program will explore the influence of culture, history, cohort, life events, diversity, and social changes affecting individuals throughout adulthood, and evaluate the implications of these influences for individuals and U.S. and London society.
What are the physiological, psychological, and social forces that contribute to adult development? The purpose of the course is to consider the continuity and change throughout the entire adult lifespan.
Through readings, lectures, discussions, assignments, and cultural immersion, students will learn to critically discuss and evaluate topics related to adult development and aging. Students will have the opportunity to visit NGOs, healthcare facilities, and other organizations to inform their knowledge of social services in London, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted these services. Students will engage directly with locals to discuss a variety of topics surrounding social rules and relationships, adulthood, young adults, families, young married couples, and ageism.
Site visits and tours are planned to a variety of locations, including the London Eye, London Bridge, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, and more. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a cooking class. All students will be furnished with Oyster Cards to ride public transit.
This program is open to ALL students but will be of particular interest to students majoring in HDFS, Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology. This course meets GS/Inter-Domain credit requirements.
- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
Program Leader Information
- Carol Cowan-Crawford, Lecturer, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Shenango
- A. Patricia Aguilera-Hermida, Assistant Teaching Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Penn State Harrisburg
Visit the Education Abroad website for more information about the application, eligibility, requirements, course information, meals, and housing.