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Psychology (PSYCH)

PSYCH 410 Child Development (3) Study of the psychology of the growing person from conception through adolescence, focusing more on periods up to middle childhood.

PSYCH 410 Child Development (3)

PSYCH 410 Child Development is intended for undergraduate students majoring in psychology, education and related disciplines. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theories and the influences on child development from conception through adolescence. Students will be introduced to research concerns in developmental psychology, including descriptions of research designs and ethical considerations in research with children and adolescents. Course content will include an in depth review of prevailing theories and influences on development from conception through adolescence. Application of the principles and influences will be applied to the physical, cognitive, and social development of children.

Requirements for the course will include objective examinations, as well as written assignments. Written assignments will involve comparisons and critiques of major developmental theories. Examples of such assignments include descriptions of the key points of a major developmental theory or process of child development, detailed description of an observation of a child and how the child's behavior relates to a major developmental theory, descriptions of how application of developmental theory apply to the student's chosen major or occupation, or comparisons and critiques of developmental theory.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100 6 additional credits of PSYCH

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.