Children's Studies (CDST)


CDST 195. INTERNSHIP. 1-5 Credits.

CDST 300. FOUNDATIONS OF CHILDREN'S STUDIES–PART I. 2 Credits.

Notes: available for all EWU students–non-majors, those considering the CDST major, and declared CDST majors.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 101.
This introductory course provides students with an overview of the discipline including the history, focus and curriculum. Additionally, students will explore career options related to Children's Studies.

CDST 302. FOUNDATIONS OF CHILDREN'S STUDIES–PART 2. 3 Credits.

Notes: Prior to registration students must present the CDST program with proof of successfully passing a Washington State background check for working with children. Students who cannot pass this background check will not be allowed to register.
Pre-requisites: CDST 300 and declared CDST major.
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the discipline, its history, focus, curriculum and professional application. Expounding on CDST 300, this course examines methods, theories and practices related to the study of children and childhood.

CDST 306. VARIATIONS IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT: CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CDST 302.
This course focuses on individuals with special needs including disability, chronic illness, severe developmental delay, minimally conscious state and persistent vegetative state in healthcare systems. Students learn to assess children with disability and developmental delay, provide appropriate interventions and work with families.

CDST 310. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OF CHILDREN. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CDST 300 and CDST 302.
Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
This course introduces students to a variety of challenges that children face around the world including lack of health care, war and political instability, poverty, geographic displacement and limited access to education. Students will explore global agencies and programs that work to improve the lives of children.

CDST 326. GENDERS, SEXUALITIES AND BODIES. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: WMST 326.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 201.
Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
This class introduces students to feminist theories about bodies, sexualities, and embodiment through a cultural studies lens of analysis. Throughout the course, students will examine the impact of historical and contemporary beliefs about gender, sexuality, and the body on experiences, expressions, and understandings of everyday life.

CDST 330. RESEARCH METHODS FOR STUDYING CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CDST 302 or permission of the instructor.
This course addresses methodologies and statistical techniques of data analysis for child-related fields. Using child centered data, this course covers descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, and qualitative methodologies. Students learn to analyze and present statistical data.

CDST 386. CHILDREN AND THE FAMILY. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: WMST 386.
Pre-requisites: CDST 301 or instructor approval.
This course examines children’s roles in the family and the dynamic relationship between the family and other social institutions (e.g. health care system, legal system, economy, education). This course uses various theoretical frameworks (e.g., structural functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, feminist theory, family systems, social learning theory) to understand families.

CDST 402. CHILDREN'S RIGHTS, LAWS AND ETHICS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CDST 302 or permission of the instructor.
This course offers an in-depth examination of various laws and ethical issues present in a variety of helping professions associated with youth. Historical contexts for these laws are examined. This course examines various state and federal laws concerning work with youth. Students are presented with multiple approaches to solving arrays of ethical dilemmas based on best practice procedures.

CDST 411. CHILD LIFE THEORY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CDST 302.
This course involves the careful examination of children and their families in a healthcare setting. It is taught from the perspective of a Child Life Specialist to aid in minimizing the stress and anxiety experienced during hospitalization. It focuses on educational and play components, and the general support and scope of practice unique to the field.

CDST 412. HEALTH AND CHILDREN. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CDST 302.
This course introduces concepts and issues in the area of children’s health. Using a holistic framework, the course examines the wellbeing of children, including their physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual growth and development. The course covers programmatic strategies, social and family support, community practice models and policy that address issues such as child welfare, nutrition and safety management.

CDST 413. MEDIA AND CHILDREN. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CDST 302.
This course focuses on the developmental impacts that modern media has on children and adolescents. Exploration of media covers such issues as advertising, violence, video games, sexuality, drugs, body image, eating disorders, music and the Internet. Students research problems and beneficial aspects of media.

CDST 421. PLAY AND PLAYWORK. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CDST 302.
Students research definitions, history, theories, forms and functions of play. Students examine the different environments for play throughout history. Topics include free play, value of toys and games, children’s digital play, and the roles of creativity and marketing in today’s society.

CDST 422. CHILDREN'S LOSS AND GRIEF. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CDST 302.
This course explores the ways children experience loss, including death, at different developmental stages and how different cultures view children’s grief. The course introduces students to a variety of organizational situations where adults work with children who are experiencing loss and grief.

CDST 430. HOSPITALIZED CHILD AND FAMILY. 5 Credits.

Notes: designated for students declared as Option A: Child Life and Health Children's Studies majors.
Pre-requisites: CDST 302 or permission of the instructor.
This course focuses on the experience of child hospitalization on the family as a social system. This course examines historical and contemporary theories related to family structure and functions, adaptations in family structure and interaction patterns during times of transition related to hospitalization and the dynamics of family life. Students examine studies of diverse family systems, including study parenting, caregiving and family life from a cross-cultural perspective. From a clinical perspective, students learn how factors, such as abuse, violence and poverty, influence child development and how multi-disciplinary teams in healthcare settings work with complicated family dynamics and provide optimal care to child and family.

CDST 431. CHILD LIFE PRACTICE INTERVENTION: ASSESSMENT, PREPARATION AND MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Notes: designated for students in Option A: Child Life and Health within the Children's Studies Program.
Pre-requisites: CDST 302 or permission of the instructor.
This course focuses on the use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning to join with families and professionals in promoting children's success. Students examine strategies and information for preparing for the Child Life Professional Examination, including information on intervention and professional responsibility and medical terminology associated with pediatric care.

CDST 433. PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE. 4 Credits.

Notes: designated for students declared in Option A: Child Life and Health within the Children's Studies major.
Pre-requisites: CDST 302 or permission of the instructor.
This course explores the care of children in pediatric palliative care, including comparing palliative care to hospice care and discussing the challenges to access of these services. The course will look at the variety of illnesses that impact children and adolescents and the ways in which pediatric palliative care services may prove beneficial. Students will gain insight in the experience of childhood illness for the ill child, siblings, parents and other family members, and how the interdisciplinary team can support the families and positively impact their lives.

CDST 438. TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. 5 Credits.

Notes: designated as an elective for students declared in Option A: Child Life and Health and as a required course for students in Option C: Child and Family Support within the Children's Studies major.
Pre-requisites: CDST 302 or permission of the instructor.
This course examines the unique long-term impact of trauma on children. Students will examine the impact of trauma on brain development and functioning as well as long-term challenges associated with cognitive and social functioning. Students will learn evidence-based, best-practices for responding to trauma. Students will learn about assessment tools for trauma as well as treatment tools to help those integrate traumatic experiences. Trauma-informed care, a system of understanding and approaching those who have experienced trauma, can be implemented in a variety of settings working with the public involving: school, medical care, mental health services and more.

CDST 439. TOPICS IN CHILDREN'S STUDIES. 5 Credits.

Notes: may be repeated for credit, providing the title is different.
This variable topic class explores current issues and interests in the field of children’s studies. Topics might include children’s studies perspectives on contemporary issues, current research issues of specific faculty or deeper investigation of topics covered in core courses. Topics or issues that might be covered in this course range from play to children’s activism.

CDST 481. CDST OPTION A INTERNSHIP. 4 Credits.

Notes: designed for students who are completing their clinical internship supervised by a licensed Child Life Specialist and/or general health-related internship.
Pre-requisites: senior standing and permission of instructor.
This course provides practical experience for students pursuing Child Life certification eligibility requirements with the Association of Child Life Professionals (formerly Child Life Council). This course provides an opportunity to gain experience and practice in applying skills in an appropriate medical setting while under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist and/or instructor with health-related background who meets supervisory requirements as established by the Child Life Council. Students work in an internship position and will participate in weekly online discussions. Students are expected to complete a work journal, keep accurate time records and evaluate their internship experience.

CDST 482. CDST OPTION B INTERNSHIP. 4 Credits.

Notes: designed for students declared in the Children's Studies Option B–Child Services.
Pre-requisites: senior standing and permission of instructor.
Students receive academic credit for internships supervised within organizations working with or on behalf of children. The internship is initiated by the student and facilitated by their academic advisor, the site supervisor and the Career Services Internship Offices. Students complete a Learning Contract, which outlines expectations, roles and responsibilities, as well as the process of documentation and evaluation.

CDST 483. CDST OPTION C INTERNSHIP. 4 Credits.

Notes: initiated by the student and facilitated by their academic advisor, their site supervisor and the Career Services Internship Office.
Pre-requisites: senior standing and permission of instructor.
Students receive academic credit for internships supervised within organizations working with or on behalf of children. Students complete a Learning Contract, which outlines expectations, roles and responsibilities, the process of documentation and evaluation.

CDST 490. SENIOR CAPSTONE. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: senior standing or approval of instructor.
Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement.
This course is designed to move from basic understandings of children’s studies and the multiple disciplines from which it emerges to an integrated and unified interdisciplinary understanding. Integration of learning will be facilitated through service learning or community-based research projects in collaboration with local organizations that address children’s issues.

CDST 492. CHILDREN'S STUDIES SENIOR PORTFOLIO. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: senior standing or approval of instructor.
Building on the portfolio process, students will develop and present an exit portfolio. This process will include identifying personal and career objectives; discussing content; developing themes; choosing formats; and revising personal statements, narrative, and resumes. Exit portfolios will be used for program assessment.

CDST 495. CHILDREN'S STUDIES INTERNSHIP. 1-10 Credits.

Pre-requisites: senior standing or approval of instructor.
Students receive academic credit for internships supervised within organizations working with or for children. The internship is initiated by the student and facilitated by their academic advisor, their site supervisor and the Career Services Internship Office. Students complete a Learning Contract, which outlines expectations, roles and responsibilities, as well as the process of documentation and evaluation.

CDST 496. EXPERIMENTAL. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental.

CDST 498. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

CDST 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-15 Credits.