Fall 2022 - PSYC 250 OL01

Introduction to Developmental Psychology (3)

Class Number: 3298

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Tanya Broesch
    tmacgill@sfu.ca
    Office: RCB 6237
    Office Hours: Thursday 9:30am -10:30am
  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 102.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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

COURSE DETAILS:

Considers the psychological and physical aspects of human development from conception through middle childhood.

Topics include social, emotional, language, cognitive, perceptual and physical development.

This course will provide you with a general introduction to major theories, research and methods in developmental psychology.  Although I emphasize general connections, you must also know the details of the empirical evidence in order to understand the scope of the findings and the theories they support.  We will cover topics such as prenatal and infant development, communication and language, attachment and early relationships, the media, and concepts and relationship with nature.  In my own research, I study how experience early in life (specifically culture) shapes cognitive and social development therefore we will take a cross-cultural approach to many questions throughout the course.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

At the end of this course, you will be able to,
1) think critically about theories, methods, and research in developmental psychology,
2) outline the theoretical perspectives and guiding themes in the field,
3) describe empirical evidence and how it fits with current debates,
4) identify key points in an empirical research article and summarize them concisely, and
5) evaluate evidence and situate it within a broad framework.

Grading

  • Mid-Term Exam: 30%
  • Term Paper/ Project: 30%
  • Final Exam: 40%

NOTES:

This course is taught asynchronously, however, we will hold synchronous "Learning to Learn" hours each week and we hope to see you there (not mandatory).

REQUIREMENTS:

The lectures will be recorded and posted online on Friday (late afternoon) each week.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Carpendale, J., Lewis, C., and Muller, U., (2018). The development of children's thinking (1st edition). SAGE Publishing.
ISBN: 9781446295649

Registrar Notes:

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