Spring 2021 - PSYC 450 D100

Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology (4)

Social and Moral Development

Class Number: 1971

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201, 210, 250 and 60 units, and a CGPA of 3.0. Other prerequisites vary by topic offering.



Course can be repeated for credit. Students may not take this course for further credit if similar topics are covered. See Psychology department website for course description.


Psyc 450 / 750
The classes 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 scheduled class times.

In the first part of this seminar we will examine the recent research and theory on the development of children's understanding of the psychological world.  This area of research, concerning the development of children's understanding of the nature of mind, beliefs, and emotions, has been called children's "theories of mind."  In the second part of the semester we will turn to theory and research in the area of moral development.


  • Weekly thought papers (10, approx. 500 words each) : 30%
  • Class participation: 20%
  • Paper: 50%



Articles and chapters to read in preparation for each week's discussion will be available on line.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 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).