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PSY 236: Lifespan Development

Course Description

This course examines human growth and change from conception to death. We will explore patterns of age-related change in the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional domains. The course will cover theories, research findings and methods, as well as historical and contemporary perspectives on various themes relevant to developmental psychology such as stability versus change, continuous versus stage-like growth and nature versus nurture.

Prerequisites

  • PSY 101: Psychology
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Apply, evaluate, and analyze different domains of psychology. This includes, but is not limited to, such domains as cognitive, behavioral, physiological, humanistic, socio-cultural, and psychodynamic;
  2. Solve problems by applying previous knowledge to a new problem, and distinguish between pseudoscience and scientific findings;
  3. Write about psychological topics with clarity and logical organization;
  4. Synthesize information from primary and secondary sources;
  5. Understand psychological phenomena both systematically and empirically;
  6. Use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including statistical reasoning, research design, and evaluation of data;

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussion Boards (Weeks 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12 & 14)

10%

Milestone Inventory Assignments (Weeks 4, 8, 10 & 15)

20%

Parenting Advice Column Paper (Week 3)

10%

Quiz (Week 5)

10%

Exam 1 (Week 10)

15%

Mandatory Retirement Paper (Week 13)

20%

Exam 2 (Week 15)

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Santrock, J.W. (2018). Essentials of Life-Span Development. 5th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN-13: 978-1-260-15172-5 [Looseleaf Version]

Additional Resources

  • Supplemental readings may be distributed by the instructor.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3

Topic: Introduction and Biological Beginnings

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapters 1 & 2 : pgs. 1-73
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Review lecture material

2

1,2,3,4

Topic: Physical and Cognitive Development in Infancy

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev- Chapter 3: pgs. 74-111
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Review lecture material

3

2,5,6

Topics: Socioemotional Development in Infancy

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev- Chapter 4: pgs. 112-136
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Complete Parenting advice column analysis paper

4

2,3,4

Topics: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev- Chapter 5: pgs. 137-164
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Review lecture material
  • Complete Milestone Inventory - Infancy Assignment

5

1,2,5

Topic: Socioemotional Development in Early Childhood

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 6: pgs. 165-192
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Complete Quiz

6

1,2,5

Topics: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle and Late Childhood

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 7: pgs. 193-221
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material

7

1,2,3

Topic: Socioemotional Development in Middle to and Late Childhood

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 8: pgs. 222-252
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Review lecture material

8

1,2,4,5

Topic: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 9: pgs. 253-276
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Complete Milestone Inventory - Childhood

9

1-5

Topic: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 10: pgs. 277-298
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Review lecture material

10

1,2,5

Topics: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 11: pgs. 299-318
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Complete Milestone Inventory- Adolescence
  • Complete Exam 1

Exam 1
SLOs 1-6

11

1,2,3,5

Topic: Socio-Emotional Development in Early Adulthood

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 12: pgs. 319-335
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Review lecture material

12

1,2,5

Topics: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood/Socioemotional Development in Middle Adulthood

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapters 13 & 14: pgs. 336-368
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Review lecture material

13

1,2,5,6

Topics: Socioemotional Development in Middle Adulthood

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 15: pgs. 369-396
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Complete Position Paper - Mandatory Retirement

14

1,2,5

Topic: Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 16: pgs. 397-412
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Review lecture material

15

1,2,3

Topics: Socioemotional Development in Late Adulthood and Death, Dying, and Grieving

  • Readings:
    • Essentials of Life-Span Dev - Chapter 17: pgs. 413-424
  • Review lecture material
  • Complete Milestone Inventory - Adult
  • Complete Exam 2

Exam 2
SLOs 1-6

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