Fall 2019 - PSYC 250 D100

Introduction to Developmental Psychology (3)

Class Number: 9883

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 102.



Considers the psychological and physical aspects of human development from conception through middle childhood. Topics include social, emotional, language, cognitive, perceptual and physical development.


Through this course, students gain familiarity of the basics of developmental psychology, including developmental changes throughout childhood in the major domains of social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development. The text and lecture content will be based on a cross-cultural perspective of development.

The course will consists of full length lecture classes, activity classes, and exam days (no lecture or activity). Attendance is imperative since more than one chapter may be covered on full lecture days and missing an activity day will result in a zero grade for those activities (i.e., students cannot submit activity sheets at a later date). 


In this course, students will gain an understanding of both empirical and practical knowledge of childhood development. Students will be engaged in collaborative and individual critical thinking, discussion, and written work.


  • Exam 1: 20%
  • Exam 2: 20%
  • Exam 3: 20%
  • In-class work: 40%


Since much of the class will consist of in-class activities, class attendance will be crucial to academic success. Group work is mandatory. You will be assessed both on your group work and on your individual work within the group.  Please only take this course if you have made time available in your schedule to commit to the activities as outlined.



Lene Arnett Jensen and Jeffrey Jensen Arnett.  Child Development Worldwide: A Cultural Approach.  Pearson Education

This ISBN is for the Revel access code which is isbn 9780134830247. 

You can also purchase bound, loose-leaf, or digital editions. 
ISBN: 9780134830247

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