PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (5 credits)
Distribution Area Fulfilled Social Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Formerly PSYCH 205 - CCN
Prerequisite PSYC& 100 or PSYC 201 , with a 1.5 grade or better.
A lifespan study of human growth and development, providing a broad understanding of the human life cycle through contributions of psychology, anthropology, sociology, biology, and medicine.
A. Theories in human development
B. Research in human development
C. Models of human development, primarily the interactional model of nature and nurture, also including content specific models (e.g. Erikson) and other general models (e.g. stage vs. continuous growth models)
D. Integration of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development across the lifespan
E. The valuing and devaluing of humans in various stages of development in contemporary United States society
1. Describe major theoretical traditions in developmental psychology.
2. Evaluate relevance of concepts from major theoretical traditions as they apply to specific issues in human development.
3. Apply the interactional model of nature/nurture to specific issues in human development.
4. Evaluate usefulness of the application of scientific research to current issues in human development.
5. Compare and contrast information from scientific research with information from personal experience and original research related to current issues in human development.
6. Identify common patterns of development, including specific milestone achievements in different areas of development (physical, cognitive, social and emotional) across lifespan.
7. Identify important cultural variations in different areas of development (physical, cognitive, social and emotional) across the lifespan.
8. Discuss impact of concepts from one area of development (i.e. physical, cognitive, social and emotional development) on other areas.
9. Outline an argument that synthesizes individual, family and societal factors that impact on a current topic of interest in developmental psychology.
10. Compare evidence and practices regarding treatment of children in the United States to cultural myths regarding the value and treatment of children.
11. Reflect on students’ own values regarding children, including potential actions and/or interventions based upon this analysis.
12. Compare evidence regarding treatment of humans in various developmental stages in the United States to cultural myths regarding their value and treatment.
Social Sciences: Graduates analyze and interpret social phenomenon using social science theories and methods.
Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking: Graduates will evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and generate ideas; construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions; and process feelings, beliefs, biases, strengths, and weaknesses as they relate to their thinking, decisions, and creations.
Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50
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