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Lifespan Development

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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.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Death, Dying, and Bereavement

    • Explain how death education can help people cope with death more effectively.
    • Evaluate the extent to which homes, hospitals, and hospice services meet the needs of dying people and their families.
    • Describe factors that influence the process of dying.
    • Explain age-related changes in conceptions of and attitudes toward death.
    • Describe developmentally appropriate strategies for helping children and adolescents understand death.
    • Analyze the relationship of age and gender to death anxiety.

    Foundations of Lifespan Development

    • Evaluate research methods commonly used to study human development.
    • Summarize ethical issues related to lifespan research.
    • Describe how heredity and environment interact to influence development.
    • Describe the role and influence of socioeconomic and multicultural factors throughout the lifespan.
    • Explain the contributions and limitations of leading theoretical perspectives that influenced human development research.

    Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development, Conception Through Toddlerhood

    • Describe factors that influence physical development from the prenatal phase through toddlerhood.
    • Evaluate genetic and environmental influences on early cognitive development.
    • Describe the importance of the caretaker–child relationship on social and emotional development from birth through toddlerhood.

    Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development, Middle Adulthood Through Late Adulthood

    • Explain the cognitive changes that occur in middle and late adulthood, including changes in information-processing abilities.
    • Explain the factors that promote well-being in middle and late adulthood.
    • Describe the effects of major life transitions that occur in middle and late adulthood.
    • Describe the physical changes that occur in middle and late adulthood.

    Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development, Early Childhood Through Middle Childhood

    • Describe factors that influence physical development from early to middle childhood.
    • Apply the principles of cognitive development to learning in various settings.
    • Describe major influences on social and emotional development in early and 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, Adolescence Through Early Adulthood

    • Describe how adolescents respond to pubertal changes.
    • Summarize the cognitive changes that occur in adolescence and early adulthood, including changes in the structure of thought.
    • Describe how changes in self-concept and self-esteem influence important relationships in adolescence and early adulthood.
    • Explain the social and emotional challenges of adolescence and early adulthood.
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