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Child and Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 2215)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course examines how and why people change from the prenatal period through adolescence. While the focus is on typical developmental changes in the cognitive, physical, personality and social-emotional areas, disorders and problems salient to each age are discussed.

Topical Outline:
1. Introduction to Developmental Psychology: research methods, issues and theories
2. Genetic Principles and Environment
3. Prenatal, Birth, and Neonatal development
4. Infancy: biological, cognitive, and psychosocial domains
5. Early and Middle Childhood: biological, cognitive, and psychosocial domains
6. Adolescence: biological, cognitive, and psychosocial domains

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand research methods used in the field of Developmental Psychology and evaluate research from methodological and ethical perspectives
2. Understand research methods and critically evaluate research, competing ideas and claims made about development
3. Apply psychological principles to behavior of children and adolescents
4. Appreciate our rich individual diversity (temperament, cognitive skills, and disorders) and the contribution of heredity, family and culture to that diversity

Prerequisites:  PSYC 1110

MnTC: Goal 5