(Psyc 200, Section 0201)
Dr. David Schultz, Instructor
In this course you will learn how humans develop from the prenatal
period through adolescence. Emphasis will be placed upon human social,
cognitive, and physical development. You will learn how social factors—such
as one’s family, socioeconomic status, and culture—impact upon human
development. You will also learn the current state of affairs in America for
factors (e.g., divorce, child care, single-parenting) that impact child
development. The focus of the course is on human development within the
American culture, but both book and lecture materials will present cross-
cultural comparisons. This course provides a foundation for other courses
within the psychology department, such as child psychopathology, cross-
cultural psychology, and the exceptional child. Class meetings will include
lecture, video, and group exercises.
When students complete this course, they will be able to generate informed answers
to the following questions:
What are the basic characteristics of human development?
How do nature and nurture interact to produce developmental change?
What are the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of
experimental and nonexperimental research techniques?
How have American family’s changed in recent decades, and how do
these changes affect America’s children?
How well do American social policies correspond with developmental
What are some ways in which child rearing is similar across cultures?
What are the three stages of prenatal development, and what major
events occur during each?
What is meant by the three trimesters of pregnancy, and what occurs
What are some ways in which infants are preadapted for developmental
How do infants’ capactities foster interactions with the world, including
How might infants’ increasing cognitive abilities affect their abilities to
interact with others and form social relationships?
What inborn tendencies and cognitive developments allow for the
formation of attachment relationships with caregivers?
m. In what ways do emotions contribute to development?
n. What are the major patterns of attachment that psychologists have
identified? Who is more responsible for these patterns, caregivers or
What are major domains of temperament that describe human
What evidence is there that early care is especially important for healthy
What are the major development tasks of toddlerhood in Western