Psychology (PSYC) 300
Theories of Career Development (Revision 6)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)
Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: Success in a variety of junior-level social science course is highly recommended but not required.
Precluded Course: PSYC 300 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for CADE 300.University Certificate in Career Development.
PSYC 300 has a Challenge for Credit option
In PSYC 300, learners will examine a number of career development theories with the intent of integrating aspects of the theories into their own work as career development practitioners. Students will be expected to learn about a number of career development theories and be able to reflect critically on the contributions and limitations of each one.
Career development is a major aspect of human development. It spans a lifetime and concerns the whole person. Career development is integral to a person's self-concept, family life, and all aspects of their environmental and cultural conditions. Career development is the interaction of psychological, sociological, economic, physical, and chance factors that shape the sequence of occupations and careers that people engage in throughout a lifetime.
The course consists of the following eight units.
- Unit 1: Introduction to Career Development Theory
- Unit 2: Person x Environment Fit Theories
- Unit 3: Lifespan Theories
- Unit 4: Special Focus Theories
- Unit 5: Constructivist Theories
- Unit 6: Socio-Cultural Theories
- Unit 7: Eclectic Theories
- Unit 8: An Integrated Theory of Career Development
|Career Counselling Reflection Assignments (6 x 7.5% each)||45%|
|Final Paper Outline||10%|
|Integrated Theory of Career Development Paper||30%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Sharf, R. S. (2013). Applying career development theory to counseling (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole / Cengage Learning.
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
Amundson, N. E., & Poehnell, G. R. (2004). Career pathways (3rd ed.). Richmond, BC: Ergon Communications.
Holland, J. L. (1994). Self-directed search assessment booklet: A guide to educational and career planning (Form R, 4th ed., Canadian ed.). Lutz, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources.
Holland, J. L., & Messer, M. A. (2013). Self-directed search: The occupations finder (Form R, 5th ed.). Lutz, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources.
All of the Athabasca University materials are accessed from your online course site.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 6, March 9, 2017.
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Updated January 11 2019 by Student & Academic Services