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PSY 219 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT

PSY 219 – Child Psychology and Development

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PSY 219 Child Psychology and Development

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PSY 101

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description:  This course examines the interrelationships between the psychological and physical development of the child from birth through adolescence.  Topics include physical and emotional influences on growth, intellectual development, the significance of interpersonal relations, and cultural aspects of personality.

General Education Goals:  PSY 219 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Society and Human Behavior.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens.  PSY 219 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goals: Ethical Reasoning and Action and Information Literacy, which are respectively as follows: Students will understand ethical issues and situations; and Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals:  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following

  1. explain why it is important to study children’s development;
  2. summarize the research methods/designs used in child development and discuss the advantages/disadvantages of each;
  3. discuss the characteristics of ethical research;
  4. identify and describe the major theoretical perspectives on development;
  5. describe the importance of biological processes that exist at the beginning and during prenatal development; and
  6. discuss the most important processes, periods, and issues in development.