Fall 2020 - PSYC 354 D100

Development of Children's Thinking (3)

Class Number: 3204

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201 and 250.



Examines research and theory concerning the origins and development of cognition in humans. Traces the development of language and children's thinking about the physical and social world from birth to adulthood, with a focus on infancy and childhood.


This course covers research and theory concerning the origins and development of human forms of thinking.  In particular, the course traces the development of children’s thinking about the physical and social world, as well as language development and moral development, with a focus on infancy and childhood.  These topics concern the development of knowledge and therefore theoretical and philosophical assumptions will critically evaluated.


  • Mid-term exam (multiple choice and short answer): 30%
  • Final exam (multiple choice and short answer): 35%
  • Tutorial: 10%
  • Paper: 25%


The lectures will be recorded and available during the semester (asynchronous). Office hours will be synchronous and will be scheduled during the semester, or through appointments.   

The exams will be synchronous (i.e., exams are timed and are the same time for the entire class), and are scheduled for October 20, 2020 and December 8th 2020 at 2:30 pm to 4:20 pm. The exams will be on canvas. Students must have a computer and reliable and adequate internet connectivity at that those times. 

The tutorials will be synchronous and will be conducted with zoom. Students require a computer with reliable and adequate internet connectivity with a webcam and microphone so that they can participate during the times scheduled for the tutorial section they are enrolled in. These are requirements for the course. The tutorials begin in the week of September 14th 2020.  There will be no tutorials during the weeks that the exams are scheduled.



Carpendale, J. I. M., Lewis, C., & Müller, U., (2018). The development of children’s thinking: Its social and communicative foundations. Sage Publications.

An electronic version of the textbook is available.

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).