psych600 | Graduate

Developmental Psychology

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This course examines biological and environmental influences on human development across the lifespan. The biological foundations of human growth and development are presented along with major theories of cognitive, social, and emotional development. Current research in developmental psychology is presented as students explore both opportunities and challenges that people face as they age. Social, cultural, systemic, and ethical issues related to research and practice are also addressed.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. 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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    Middle through Late Adulthood: Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development

    • 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.

    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.

    Early through Middle Childhood: Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development

    • Apply the principles of cognitive development to learning in various settings.
    • Describe factors that influence physical development from early to middle childhood.
    • 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.

    Foundations of Lifespan Development

    • Describe how heredity and environment interact to influence 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 the role and influence of socioeconomic and multicultural factors throughout the lifespan.

    Conception through Toddlerhood: Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development

    • 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.

    Adolescence through Early Adulthood: Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development

    • 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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