Lifespan Development –

psych500

(3 credits)

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 as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Foundations of Lifespan Development

  • Explain the contributions and limitations of leading theoretical perspectives that influenced human development research.
  • 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.

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, 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.

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

  • Describe the physical changes that occur in middle and 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.

Death, Dying, and Bereavement

  • 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.
  • 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.

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