Course Description –
Students will demonstrate familiarity with issues of development from conception to old age. We cover the biological foundations, theories of development, issues in childhood, adolescence, middle and old age.

Pre-requisite –

  • PSYC 1101; Junior Status: Permission of Instructor

Required Course Resources –

Computer and internet access. Recommended: Almost any standard text on development will be acceptable. Much of the information is on-line in the lectures. A book used in the past was: Kail, R. V., & Cavanaugh, J. C. (2010). Human Development: A Life-Span View (5th ed). Cengage Advantage. ISBN-10: 0495599573 ISBN-13: 9780495599579.

Course Learning Objectives –

Students will demonstrate their familiarity with issues and theories of development. Some of the latest information will be discussed. We have all had experiences that shaped us. We will discuss some of these. This class will help you to think about how much difference our parents, peers and environment can make on our behaviors. This course will not only examine the issues of nature versus nurture but also the theories of child development. For example, according to Piaget the stages through which we progress provide the foundation for cognitive development throughout our life span.

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of fundamental concepts and theoretical perspectives pertinent to the study of human development as it pertain to the lifespan.
  2. Knowledge of the findings of classic and contemporary empirical studies of various areas of developmental psychology
  3. Critical thinking in essential areas of human development
  4. Knowledge of developmental research designs
  5. An understanding of the major domains of development
  6. Familiarity with theories of development
  7. Apply the enduring issues in psychology to human development

Course Learning Objectives

  1. To introduce the field of developmental psychology and to examine the concepts and processes necessary for developmental research.
  2. To encourage an appreciation for psychological issues that relate to the developing individual
  3. To encourage critical thinking about human development
  4. To encourage analysis about how developmental issues shape human behavior
  5. To provide an understanding the dynamics of development throughout the lifespan
  6. To provide an understanding the most current research and theories of development

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