Life Span Human Development –

psy375

(3 credits)

This course focuses on a historical view of human development leading to the current life span approach to form an understanding of the developing individual, and it explores influences on human development, ranging from individual models to cross-cultural groups. Emphasis is given to personality, social, intellectual, and physical development, and the major theories used to describe how people change throughout their life span.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Human Development: Basic Concepts, Methods, and Biological Beginnings

  • Explain the life span perspective of development.
  • Summarize theories of life span development.
  • Explain how heredity and the environment interact to produce individual differences in development.

Infancy and Early Childhood

  • Examine physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in infancy and early childhood.
  • Explain how families affect the development of infants and young children.
  • Evaluate the different parenting styles and their influence on development during infancy and early childhood.
  • Discuss early childhood education and its influence on cognitive development.

Middle Childhood and Adolescence

  • Examine physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in middle childhood and adolescence.
  • Describe changes in peer relationships in middle childhood and adolescence.
  • Examine aspects of adolescent egocentrism.
  • Analyze pressures often faced in adolescence, such as peer pressure, substance use and abuse, dating, sexuality, and changes within family relationships. 

Early and Middle Adulthood

  • Examine physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in early and middle adulthood.
  • Evaluate the concept of emerging adulthood.

  • Examine early and middle adulthood development of an individual in relationship to their psychological adjustment to aging and life style.
  • Explore various roles acquired in early and middle adulthood.

Late Adulthood and the End of Life

  • Examine physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in late adulthood.
  • Evaluate ways to promote continued wellness and mitigate declining health associated with aging.
  • Explore the ways in which death and dying are viewed at different points in human development and by different cultures.

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