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PSYCH/600

Developmental Psychology

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Course level: Graduate

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.

Prerequisites

This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Foundations of Lifespan Development

  • Explain the contributions and limitations of leading theoretical perspectives that influenced human development research.
  • Evaluate the research methods commonly used to study human development.
  • Summarize the 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 Adult 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 wellbeing 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 how age and gender relate 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.

Why UOPX

Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

Next Steps

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