Fall 2022 - PSYC 450 D100

Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology (4)

Culture & Development

Class Number: 7428

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    RCB 6152, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Tanya Broesch
    Office: RCB 6237
    Office Hours: Wednesday 9:30am - 10:30am
  • 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.


Course Title:  Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Community Engaged Research in Developmental Psychology

Community engaged developmental psychology
Qualitative methods
Cross-cultural developmental psychology

Students are expected to attend lectures and engage in discussion of the course topics.  This course will provide you with a general introduction to major theories, perspectives, research developments and methods to community engaged developmental science.  Although we will take a developmental psychology perspective throughout, we will use examples from other fields such as community development, clinical psychology, indigenous research, an anthropology.  The content can be applied to any field in psychology.  We will cover topics such as generalizability, representation, ethics, indigenous and qualitative methods.  My research is in the field of culture and developmental psychology therefore I will draw heavily upon this sub-field for readings.


At the end of this course, you will be able to,
1) think critically about current approaches and Western assumptions in science,
2) identify the ethical and scientific reasons for doing community engaged research,
3) describe the basic principles of community engaged research, and
4) apply what you have learned in this course to your own research.


  • Participation: 20%
  • Writing Assignments: 40%
  • Term Paper/ Project: 40%


The lectures will be in-person.  Before the course begins, I will ask the class to identify one other time per week to reserve for 'make up' classes or other special events.  I will send a doodle poll during the first week of classes.



There is no textbooks for this course.

Registrar Notes:


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