This course presents students with theoretical frameworks to foster an understanding of the various dimensions of human development across the life-span. Emphasis is placed on biological, cognitive, and psychosocial development within the context of gender, family systems, social roles, and culture.
Describe the role and influence of socioeconomic and multicultural factors throughout the lifespan.
Describe how heredity and environment interact to influence development.
Summarize ethical issues related to lifespan research.
Evaluate research methods commonly used to study human development.
Explain the contributions and limitations of leading theoretical perspectives that influenced human development research.
Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Evaluate the extent to which homes, hospitals, and hospice services meet the needs of dying people and their families.
Explain how death education can help people cope with death more effectively.
Analyze the relationship of age and gender to death anxiety.
Describe developmentally appropriate strategies for helping children and adolescents understand death.
Explain age-related changes in conceptions of and attitudes toward death.
Describe factors that influence the process of dying.
Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development, Conception Through Toddlerhood
Describe factors that influence physical development from the prenatal phase through toddlerhood.
Describe the importance of the caretaker–child relationship on social and emotional development from birth through toddlerhood.
Evaluate genetic and environmental influences on early cognitive development.
Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development, Early Childhood Through Middle Childhood
Describe major influences on social and emotional development in early and middle childhood.
Apply the principles of cognitive development to learning in various settings.
Describe factors that influence physical development from early to middle childhood.
Describe the importance of the caretaker–child relationship on social and emotional development during early and middle childhood.
Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development, Middle Adulthood Through Late Adulthood
Describe the effects of major life transitions that occur in middle and late adulthood.
Explain the factors that promote well-being in middle and late adulthood.
Explain the cognitive changes that occur in middle and late adulthood, including changes in information-processing abilities.
Describe the physical changes that occur in middle and late adulthood.
Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development, Adolescence Through Early Adulthood
Explain the social and emotional challenges of adolescence and early adulthood.
Describe how changes in self-concept and self-esteem influence important relationships in adolescence and early adulthood.
Summarize the cognitive changes that occur in adolescence and early adulthood, including changes in the structure of thought.
Describe how adolescents respond to pubertal changes.
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