PSY 215 : Developmental Psychology
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Comprehensive study of human development over the life span from prenatal through late adult development. Focuses on physical, cognitive and psychosocial changes throughout the human life cycle and emphasizes an interactionist approach to explain developmental processes and outcomes. The major theoretical approaches to psychology are included.
1. Articulate the major theories, research findings and methodological approaches in developmental psychology and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
2. Identify and describe environmental and biological influences that are causally associated with various developmental outcomes and how those work together to influence risk and resilience across the lifespan.
3. Communicate clearly and effectively the research findings regarding development from conception to death based on an understanding of the empirical evidence.
4. Use critical thinking to analyze, apply and problem solve concerns and issues in lifespan development.
Philosophical bases for the major approaches to psychological injury
Genetics, prenatal and perinatal events
Societal and cultural influences
Nature vs. Nurture
Developmental Stages in infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, early, middle and late adulthood
Neural Plasticity across the lifespan
Cultural, social and political issues regarding death
Required textbook and supplemental materials.
Students are assessed through exams, written assignments, class projects and in class discussions.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Related Instruction/Human Relations
- Discipline Studies/Social Science
- Discipline Studies/Cultural Literacy