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Syllabus_1 - Child Developmental Psychology(Psyc 200 Section 0201 Spring 2008 Dr David Schultz Instructor COURSE DESCRIPTION In this course you

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(Psyc 200, Section 0201) Spring 2008 Dr. David Schultz, Instructor COURSE DESCRIPTION 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. LEARNING GOALS When students complete this course, they will be able to generate informed answers to the following questions: a. What are the basic characteristics of human development? b. How do nature and nurture interact to produce developmental change? c. What are the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of experimental and nonexperimental research techniques? d. How have American family’s changed in recent decades, and how do these changes affect America’s children? e. How well do American social policies correspond with developmental research? f. What are some ways in which child rearing is similar across cultures? g. What are the three stages of prenatal development, and what major events occur during each? h. What is meant by the three trimesters of pregnancy, and what occurs during each? i. What are some ways in which infants are preadapted for developmental tasks? j. How do infants’ capactities foster interactions with the world, including other people? k. How might infants’ increasing cognitive abilities affect their abilities to interact with others and form social relationships? l. 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 infants? Why? o. What are major domains of temperament that describe human behaviors? p. What evidence is there that early care is especially important for healthy social development? q. What are the major development tasks of toddlerhood in Western cultures? r.
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Syllabus_1 - Child Developmental Psychology(Psyc 200 Section 0201 Spring 2008 Dr David Schultz Instructor COURSE DESCRIPTION In this course you

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