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HECOL100 Introduction to Principles and Practice in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: An introductory course that provides a foundation in the body of knowledge that constitutes the field of human ecology. The history, philosophy, theoretical approaches and scope of the field are explored and skills that foster effective professional practice are discussed.

HECOL170 Introduction to Textiles Course Page

Description: An introductory exploration of the origin, creation and use of textiles in our world. Chemical and physical properties of fibres and fabrics are introduced and an understanding of how these properties influence various clothing and textile end uses is developed.

HECOL201 Material Culture Course Page

Description: The study of a range of objects within selected time periods and environments, and the study of particular perspectives through which objects can be interpreted. Students are encouraged to understand the connection between personal, social, temporal, and cultural contexts and the objects that contribute to these contexts.

HECOL210 Intimate Relationships Course Page

Description: A consideration of the sociological, psychological, and personal factors affecting the development, maintenance and dissolution of intimate relationships today.

HECOL211 Human Sexuality Course Page

Description: An inquiry into the nature of sexual behavior, its personal and cultural sources, and the personal, familial and societal implications.

HECOL212 Later Life Families Course Page

Description: An introduction to generational and other interpersonal relationships of families throughout the later stages of the life course. Offered in alternate years.

HECOL241 Fashion Industries Course Page

Description: An introduction to the soft goods industry including an overview of the apparel sector, apparel production, channels of distribution, fashion oriented products, global competitive influences, and career opportunities.

HECOL250 Design Studies and Practice Course Page

Description: Explores the production of artifacts as material culture from a human ecology perspective. Artifact production focuses on the design process including visualization, communication, inspiration/influence and interface. Students are introduced to the production of two-and three-dimensional design through historical and contemporary examples. Students also complete hands-on design projects in the studio. Note: Credit will only be given for one of HECOL 150, 250 or 350.

HECOL254 Apparel Design and Construction Fundamentals Course Page

Description: In this studio course students develop fundamental awareness and skills for the textiles and clothing field including machine operation, design and construction terminology, pattern manipulation and fit, and quality construction techniques. Students construct samples and garments with a focus on professional standards in problem solving and production. Prerequisites: One of HECOL 250, 170, or DES 135 or DES 138/139.

HECOL268 Survey of Historic Dress in the Western World Course Page

Description: Introduction to the historical development of dress in the Western World with contemporary applications in design, merchandising, arts performance, education and museums. Resources include the Clothing and Textiles Collection.

HECOL270 Applications of Textile Science Course Page

Description: Advancement of textile concepts introduced in HECOL 170 with an emphasis on textile finishing, colouration, care and maintenance. Techniques for fibre identification and yarn and fabric structural analysis are covered. Prerequisites: HECOL 100 and 170.

HECOL300 Policy Development and Evaluation Course Page

Description: Processes of policy development, implementation and analysis; Canadian policy environments, institutional frameworks and instruments; application to professional practice and to current social and economic issues.

HECOL301 Program Planning and Evaluation Course Page

Description: Theories and processes of program planning, implementation, and evaluation from a human ecological perspective. Prerequisite: successful completion of *60.

HECOL310 Parent-Child Relationships Course Page

Description: An exploration of parent-child relationships, with a concentration from infancy through adolescence. An examination of theoretical and research perspectives of parent-child relationships and the practical application of those perspectives. Prerequisite: (PSYCO 104 and 105) or EDPY 200; PSYCO 104 and 105 are preferred. Offered in alternate years.

HECOL313 Family Dynamics Course Page

Description: An introduction to family dynamics from the perspective of family theory. Changes in family dynamics across the life course will be examined using theoretical concepts, research, and practical application of concepts. Prerequisite: successful completion of *60.

HECOL315 Interviewing and Counseling Course Page

Description: An introduction to interviewing and counseling strategies for working with individuals using a strengths-based, human ecological approach. Prerequisite: successful completion of *30 including HECOL 100.

HECOL321 Introduction to Family Finance Course Page

Description: An introduction to the principles of money management for individuals, households, and families. Students learn basic financial literacy skills and tools required to make key financial decisions by identifying financial goals, assessing current resources, developing and implementing a financial plan and evaluating financial progress. It is also expected that students will be able to apply these tools in their professional work to enhance clients' financial literacy and their ability to resolve financial management challenges. Prerequisites: ECON 101; it is recommended that students have completed both ECON 101 and 102. Offered in alternate years.

HECOL322 Family Economic Issues Course Page

Description: An examination of current issues affecting the economic well-being of Canadian families and of government policies which address those issues. Issues explored include work and family; the economics of childbearing, education, delayed life transitions, and aging; intrafamily allocation of resources; and money and family relationships. Prerequisites: ECON 101; it is recommended that students have completed both ECON 101 and 102.

HECOL333 Cross-Cultural Textiles Course Page

Description: An introduction to the historical and technological development of cross-cultural textiles and survey of common textile-making techniques, designs, and embellishments. Ethnographic textiles are analyzed in the context of socio-cultural, political, economic, environmental, and aesthetical meanings. The course combines lectures, class discussions, videos, and examination of artifacts from the Clothing and Textiles Collection. Prerequisite: HECOL 170; it is recommended that students have completed both HECOL 170 and 270.

HECOL354 Apparel Design and Product Development I Course Page

Description: Principles of design and merchandising applied to apparel design and portfolio development. A creative problem-solving approach to production of a line of clothing. Prerequisite: HECOL 254. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL360 Dress and Culture Course Page

Description: The complex phenomenon of bodily adornment is explored in relationship to values, attitudes, activities, beliefs, and forms of knowledge. Clothing is considered in terms of how it is expressive of various aspects of culture. Students develop analytical skills to help them understand the role played by clothing in different times, places, and contexts. Prerequisite: HECOL 201.

HECOL370 Quality Assurance for Textiles and Apparel Course Page

Description: Exploration of quality assurance of textiles and apparel through materials testing. Performance of textiles relative to product standards and specifications. Prerequisite: HECOL 270.

HECOL408 Intentional Professional Practice Course Page

Description: Preparation for human ecology practicum placement. Effective workplace relationships and issues involved in professional practice are explored within the context of being a practicum student. Reflective practice and career development are key concepts of the course. Taken in the term preceding HECOL 409. Application to Practicum Coordinator required four to eight months prior to start of the course. Prerequisite: Open to human ecology students only; must have completed *90, including HECOL 100, prior to application.

HECOL409 Practicum in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: Supervised field experience. Students are placed in professional settings appropriate to their academic background and career goals. Participation in a weekly online seminar is required. Open to Human Ecology students who have completed *105. Prerequisite: HECOL 408. Application required (see description of HECOL 408). Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

HECOL412 Family Challenges Course Page

Description: An in-depth exploration of several family challenges (e.g. addiction, homelessness, and childhood and adult abuse). An introduction to specific prevention and intervention approaches related to family challenges. Prerequisites: HECOL 313. Offered in alternate years.

HECOL413 Working With Families Course Page

Description: Assessment and counseling strategies for working with families using a strengths-based, family-centred approach. Prerequisite: HECOL 315 or EDPY 442.

HECOL414 Seniors and Their Environments Course Page

Description: An introduction to the environments in which older people live. The course uses an ecological framework to study the symbolic, physical, interpersonal, community, and political environments of older adults in Canada and other world regions. Prerequisite: successful completion of *60. Offered in alternate years.

HECOL440 Family Policy Issues Course Page

Description: Analysis of current policy issues faced by Canadian families and the examination of policies and programs affecting family well-being and relationships. Prerequisite: HECOL 300.

HECOL441 Textiles and Apparel in the Global Economy Course Page

Description: Production and distribution of textiles and apparel in a global context; issues and policy related to international trade agreements; impact of national and international consumer, labor and environmental standards. Prerequisites: HECOL 241 and 300. Offered in alternate years.

HECOL443 Family Law Course Page

Description: Family law regulates intimate and domestic relationships. Examines from a user's perspective, how statutory and common law affects family relationship issues such as marriageand divorce, child custody and child welfare, adoption, and new reproductive technologies. Prerequisite: HECOL 300. Offered in alternate years.

HECOL454 Apparel Design and Product Development II Course Page

Description: Advanced problems in apparel design and product development. Draping and fabric manipulation techniques are explored. The focus is traditional specialty fabric techniques and experimental production methods. Prerequisite: HECOL 254. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL460 Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-First Century Dress in the Western World Course Page

Description: Advanced study of Western dress from the 19th century to the present. Lectures and labs introduce students to artifactual research and the handling, storage, examination and documentation of artifacts. Resources include fashion plates, photographic archives and artifacts from the University of Alberta's Clothing and Textiles Collection. Prerequisite: HECOL 268. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL462 Material Culture in Home and Community Course Page

Description: Framed within the context of theories in human ecology, this course investigates material culture ranging from individual artifacts to community, including local and global environments. The roles and effects of material culture on individual, familial and community living are explored through literature, artifacts and life-stories. These issues are examined through a combination of seminars and group work culminating in an exhibit. Prerequisite: HECOL 201. Offered in alternate years.

HECOL464 Fashion and Material Culture: Politics, Economies, Societies, c. 1600-1900 Course Page

Description: Examines the evolution and practice of fashion as a social, economic, political and cultural phenomenon from a cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL465 Material Culture, Identities, and Interpretations Course Page

Description: Examines the relationship between objects and persons in a range of near environments, and considers how objects may be interpreted through specific social theories. Prerequisite: minimum grade of B+ in HECOL 333 or 360 and HECOL 460 or 462, or consent of instructor. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL469 Material Culture in Practice Course Page

Description: Explores how human ecological and material culture approaches contribute to the analysis of a range of contemporary issues in design practice. Prerequisite: minimum grade of B+ in HECOL 333 or 360 and HECOL 460 or 462, or consent of Instructor. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL470 Topics in Advanced Textile and Apparel Science Course Page

Description: Advanced topics in functional textiles and clothing are examined, with an emphasis on current research and relevant theories and mechanisms. Prerequisite: HECOL 370.

HECOL473 Clothing and Materials for Sport and Safety Course Page

Description: A human ecological exploration of the selection, use and performance of clothing and materials used for workplace safety protection and sporting/recreational activities. Prerequisite: HECOL 370. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL476 Textile Analysis and Care Course Page

Description: The causes of deterioration and damage in modern and historic textiles are addressed. Macro and microscopic evidence are combined with theories of fibre degradation and textile soiling to identify the causes of material wear, discoloration and failure during normal use, care and storage. Theory related to the cleaning of textiles will include detergency, bleaching, dry-cleaning and specialized procedures for historical textiles. Prerequisites: HECOL 270. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL490 Independent Investigation in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: Independent project or study of a topic in human ecology planned by the student with an instructor. Open to human ecology students only. Prerequisite: successful completion of *75, application to Department, and consent of Instructor.

HECOL492 Selected Topics in Family Ecology Course Page

Description: Normally offered in Spring or Summer. Can be taken for credit more than once if the topics are different. Prerequisite: successful completion of *60 or consent of Instructor.

HECOL493 Selected Topics in Textiles and Clothing Course Page

Description: Normally offered in Spring or Summer. Can be taken for credit more than once if the topics are different. Prerequisite: successful completion of *60 or consent of Instructor. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

HECOL501 Independent Project in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: Independent study of a topic in human ecology planned by the student in consultation with the Instructor. Independent studies may be taken more than once for credit.

HECOL522 Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling Course Page

Description: Provides an introduction to the theory and practice of structural equation modeling with social science data. Practical application in Mplus is emphasized by computing and interpreting statistical models within this framework, including path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling. Prerequisites: Statistics coursework covering regression analysis. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL532 Family Health and Wellness; Theoretical and Measurement Issues for Research and Practice Course Page

Description: Critical examination of the conceptualization and measurement of family health and the interrelationships between the health of families and their members. Applications to research and practice in a variety of disciplines including family ecology, nursing, health promotion, occupational therapy, education, and psychology. Not to be taken if credit received in NURS 532.

HECOL550 Selected Topics in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: Topics of current interest. May be taken for credit more than once. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

HECOL562 Material Culture in the Home and Community Course Page

Description: Framed within the context of theories in human ecology, this course investigates material culture ranging from individual artifacts to local and global community environments. The roles and effects of material culture on individual, family, and community living are explored through literature, artifacts and life stories. These issues are examined through a combination of seminars and group work culminating in a project. Prerequisite: consent of Supervisor and Department.

HECOL565 Material Culture, Identities, and Interpretations Course Page

Description: Examines the relationship between objects and persons in a range of near environments. Also considers how objects may be interpreted through specific social theories.

HECOL569 Material Culture in Practice Course Page

Description: Explores how human ecological and material culture approaches contribute to the analysis of a range of contemporary issues in design practice.

HECOL570 Advanced Topics and Theory in Textile and Apparel Science Course Page

Description: Advanced topics in functional textiles and clothing are examined, with an emphasis on current research and relevant theories and mechanisms. Seminars are the same as for HECOL 470, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Not to be taken if credit received for HECOL 681.

HECOL571 Issues and Trends in Textiles and Clothing Course Page

Description: Content and philosophy of the study of textiles and clothing from a human ecological perspective. Not to be taken if credit received for HECOL 680.

HECOL573 Clothing and Materials for Sport and Safety Course Page

Description: A human ecological exploration of the selection, use and performance of clothing and materials used for workplace safety protection and sporting/recreational activities. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL576 Textile Analysis and Care Course Page

Description: The causes of deterioration and damage in modern and historic textiles are addressed. Macro and microscopic evidence are combined with theories of fibre degradation and textile soiling to identify the causes of material wear, discoloration and failure during normal use, care, and storage. Theory related to the cleaning of textiles will include detergency, bleaching, dry-cleaning and specialized procedures for historical textiles. Lectures and labs are the same as for HECOL 476, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Normally offered in alternate years.

HECOL601 Ways of Knowing in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: Enquiry into the nature, scope and object of human ecology knowledge; the distinct contributions of various modes of inquiry; and the relationship between ways of knowing and selected issues related to the acquisition of knowledge, such as ethics and research methods.

HECOL604 Fundamentals of Aging Course Page

Description: A critical analysis of the issues and environments that influence the lives of older Canadians. Focus is on theories and knowledge about age-related normative and non-normative changes and their interaction with the physical, social, community and policy environments of older adults.

HECOL610 Review of Issues and Trends in Family Ecology and Practice Course Page

Description: Content and philosophy of the study of the family from a human ecological perspective.

HECOL611 Theory in Family Ecology Course Page

Description: Consideration of family theory as it relates to research and practice. Pre- or corequisite: HECOL 610, FAM 601, or consent of Instructor. Credit will only be granted for one of FAM 602 or HECOL 611.

HECOL612 FAMILY CHALLENGES Course Page
No description available for this course.
HECOL613 Graduate Practicum in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: Selected practicum placements to integrate theory and practice in a variety of agencies. When used as the capping exercise for the course-based Master's program, requirements include a written report and an oral presentation to the Department and/or where appropriate to relevant agency staff. Prerequisites: consent of Supervisor and Department.

HECOL615 Families and Aging Course Page

Description: Current issues in mid- and later-life families including relationships between aging parents and adult children, grandparent relationships, family caregiving.

HECOL617 INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS Course Page
No description available for this course.
HECOL619 WORK-FAMILY INTEGRATION Course Page
No description available for this course.
HECOL640 Development and Analysis of Family Policy Course Page

Description: An examination of the elements of policies and policy issues that affect contemporary Canadian families. The elements of policies and policy issues studied include: their origins and underlying ideologies; their institutional frameworks and foundations; and their substance, nature, and impact on families.

HECOL651 Advanced Independent Inquiry in Human Ecology I Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

HECOL652 Advanced Independent Inquiry in Human Ecology II Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: consent of Instructor

HECOL654 Research Project in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: An original research project, conducted with guidance from a faculty member, typically resulting in the preparation of a research report and a submission to a professional academic conference for a poster or paper presentation OR the preparation of a manuscript that is submitted to a scholarly journal for publication. May be taken more than once for credit.

HECOL654A Research Project in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: An original research project, conducted with guidance from a faculty member, typically resulting in the preparation of a research report and a submission to a professional academic conference for a poster or paper presentation OR the preparation of a manuscript that is submitted to a scholarly journal for publication. May be taken more than once for credit.

HECOL654B Research Project in Human Ecology Course Page

Description: An original research project, conducted with guidance from a faculty member, typically resulting in the preparation of a research report and a submission to a professional academic conference for a poster or paper presentation OR the preparation of a manuscript that is submitted to a scholarly journal for publication. May be taken more than once for credit.

HECOL661 Perspectives on Material Culture Course Page

Description: A critical analysis of specific issues, theories, and perspectives that influence material culture studies, as a field of research and practice.

HECOL662 Themes in Material Culture Course Page

Description: A range of perspectives and approaches to theory and research as they are used in the field of material culture studies.

HECOL664 Fashion and Material Culture: Politics, Economies, Societies, c. 1600-1900 Course Page

Description: Examines the evolution and practice of fashion as a social, economic, political and cultural phenomenon from a cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

HECOL668 Material Culture and Curatorship Course Page

Description: Examines the different ways in which artifacts are interpreted and used in both physical and virtual exhibitions. Discussion of different types of artifacts and institutions, registration processes, collection storage, handling and mounting, documentation and exhibition design.

HECOL673 Textile and Apparel Science Course Page

Description: Modules on laboratory and field research, fibre theory, soiling and detergency, colour theory and measurement, comfort and protection theory and measurement, as well as other topics related to a student's specific research area. May be taken more than once for credit.

HECOL682 Program Planning and Evaluation Course Page

Description: Theories, approaches, and processes fundamental to the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that effect change and build capacity in families, communities and organizations.

HECOL691 Professional Seminar 1 Course Page

Description: This professional development seminar is one in a series that provides an introduction to graduate study in the Department of Human Ecology, and to career development and professional issues in human ecology. Topics include: an introduction to the field of human ecology; what it means to be a graduate student; supervisory and professional relationships; research and teaching assistantships; applying for scholarships; professional networking; professional bodies/associations; conferences; academic and practice journals; and academic writing and referencing. Restricted to graduate students in the Department of Human Ecology. Typically taken in the first semester of the graduate program.

HECOL692 Professional Seminar 2 Course Page

Description: This professional development seminar is one in a series that provides an introduction to graduate study in the Department of Human Ecology, and to career development and professional issues in human ecology. Topics include: critical reading of the research literature; ethical issues in conducting research; preparing a submission for the research ethics review board; preparing and reviewing conference submissions; preparing a poster; and preparing a research proposal. Restricted to graduate students in the Department of Human Ecology. Fulfills part of FGSR's mandatory ethics training requirement. Typically taken in the second semester of the graduate program.

HECOL693 Professional Seminar 3 Course Page

Description: This professional development seminar is one in a series that provides an introduction to graduate study in the Department of Human Ecology, and to career development and professional issues in human ecology. Topics include: funding agencies; preparing and reviewing grant proposals; preparing and reviewing manuscripts for publication; oral presentations; writing for different audiences; and preparing for comprehensive exams. Restricted to doctoral level students in the Department of Human Ecology. Typically taken in the third semester of the doctoral program.

HECOL694 Professional Seminar 4 Course Page

Description: This professional development seminar is one in a series that provides an introduction to graduate study in the Department of Human Ecology, and to career development and professional issues in human ecology. Topics include: developing an academic career; obtaining teaching experience and developing a teaching dossier; developing a program of research; working in research teams; authorship; intellectual property issues related to research data; preparing for candidacy exams; surviving your dissertation; preparing a curriculum vita; and applying and interviewing for jobs or post-doctoral fellowships. Restricted to doctoral level students in the Department of Human Ecology. Typically taken in the fourth semester of the doctoral program.

HECOL900 Directed Research Project Course Page

Description: Comprises the capping exercise for the course-based Masters programs. Requirements include conducting an applied research project, and both a written project report and an oral presentation to the Department, and where appropriate, to relevant practising professionals.