PSYC 2103 - Human Development

In this course, we examine the foundations of developmental psychology. We explore development using a lifespan perspective which has four basic tenants: 1) Development is lifelong; 2) Development is multidimensional and multidirectional; 3) Development is plastic, and 4) Development is influenced by multiple interacting forces. We begin with a basic introduction to the lifespan perspective as well as the history and research methods of developmental psychology. We then explore physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development from conception through death. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills, consumption of empirically valid sources, and practical applications to everyday life.