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Fall 2021

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PSY203 - Dev Psychology Across Lifespan

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: A study of the development of human behavior throughout the life cycle (conception to death). Emphasizes the principles of physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development as well as the interaction of heredity and the environment. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Conduct independent social science research to address a particular topic in developmental psychology, with special emphasis on empirical research.
2. Present an example from personal experience, showing the practical application of research findings throughout the lifespan.
3. Identify examples of cross-sectional, longitudinal and sequential studies.
4. Develop an original example explaining how one domain (physical, social/ emotional, cognitive) of development influences the development of each of the other domains of development.
5. Identify definitions of nature and nurture, and describe examples illustrating how nature and nurture interact to shape each of the major domains of development (physical, social/ emotional, cognitive).
6. Identify and describe the key concepts from the major theories of lifespan development.
7. Identify major changes in the domains of development (physical/ social/emotional, cognitive) as they occur in each of the major life stages.
8. Discuss the major stages of prenatal development.
9. Describe how death is considered to be part of the human life cycle.


Effective Term: Fall 2019