PSY 215 : Developmental Psychology

Transcript title

Developmental Psychology



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

WR 060 (or higher) or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 5.


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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Content outline

Philosophical bases for the major approaches to psychological injury
Scientific Method
Genetics, prenatal and perinatal events
Parenting influences
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
Adjustment strategies
Cultural, social and political issues regarding death

Required materials

Required textbook and supplemental materials.

Grading methods

Students are assessed through exams, written assignments, class projects and in class discussions.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Social Science
  • Cultural Literacy

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