PSY 231 D
PSY 231 D:
Class: M/W/F 1-1:50 p.m., 131 PSYC
Dr. M. A. Montpetit
p.m. or by appointment
Developmental Psychology cuts a broad swath through current theoretical and empirical work related to development from womb to
tomb. Throughout the semester, we will examine the biological, psychological, and social underpinnings of human behavior across the
lifespan. As a survey course, this will not be an in-depth study of any one particular developmental process, but will provide a fairly
comprehensive overview of the sequence of human development, as well as the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social processes
that drive and shape it. We will also consider the dynamic impact of context and culture on human development across the lifespan.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
Describe what is meant by human development through the lifespan.
Understand the complexities of human development, and how they manifest across the lifespan.
Identify key physical, cognitive, emotional, and social milestones throughout the lifespan.
Identify how biopsychosocial forces, including macro-environmental (historical, cultural, etc.) influences, operate
throughout the lifespan,.
Process, understand, and synthesize a variety of course material (the textbook, empirical reports, life story interviews,
naturalistic observation, class discussion, etc).
Demonstrate an understanding of this material, and the basic developmental principles it explicates, through
examination, the Life Story Project, and peer review.
Berk, L. (2007).
Development Through the Lifespan
Timely completion of reading assignments will facilitate class discussions.
Attached is a list of reading
before coming to class
, please read the material, think about how it relates to other course material and to your personal
experience, and identify questions you would like to discuss. I may occasionally identify supplemental readings from developmental
journals or popular media; these will be distributed electronically.
Life Story Project
In order to help you to recognize and appreciate the role of biopsychosocial developmental influences in
your own life and in the lives of others, you will be asked to complete a life story project. The project will require you to collect
various types of data (perhaps a qualitative life story interview and/or observational data) from a willing participant, analyze that data
for developmental themes, and submit a written paper synthesizing these results. We’ll talk more about this as the semester progresses.