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Lifespan Development (PSYC 2240)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 4

Description: The course provides a comprehensive view of human development from conception to death. You will explore and analyze important developmental changes (biological, cognitive and psychosocial) and contemporary issues salient to various developmental stages from scientific and cultural perspectives.

Topical Outline:
1. Introduction to Developmental Psychology: research methods, issues, theories and heredity and environment
2. Prenatal Development, Birth and Infancy's biological, cognitive, and psychosocial domains
3. Toddlerhood/Early Childhood and Middle Childhood: biological, cognitive, and psychosocial domains
4. Adolescence and Young Adulthood: biological, cognitive, and psychosocial domains
5. Middle Adulthood and Late Adulthood: biological, cognitive, and psychosocial domains
6. Death and Dying

Learning Outcomes:
1. Compare and contrast the main theories and issues of human lifespan development: behavioral, cognitive, contextual, and sociobiological
2. Identify biological, neurological, cognitive, cultural, and socio-emotional processes associated with developmental periods and analyze how these processes interact with each other in a developmental context
3. Demonstrate familiarity with the scientific method and research methodology used by developmental psychologists
4. Evaluate the quality of developmental psychology information from multiple sources
5. Describe the developmental challenges and psychopathologies that may occur throughout the lifespan
6. Analyze ethical perspectives related to legal, social, and scientific issues in human development and illustrate how developmental psychological principles apply to daily life

Prerequisites:  PSYC 1110 or Enrolled as a Pre-Nursing or Nursing Major

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility