It is trite but true: kids grow up so fast. In this course we will discuss the incredible growth of infants, toddlers, and children in multiple domains (physical, cognitive, emotional/social). We will discover how growth in each domain affects the others. We will explore enduring topics of discourse in child development, such as nature and nurture, individual differences, and the nature of change. We will also examine current discourses such as overparenting, gender development, and the impact of environmental toxins and toxic stress (e.g., abuse, racism) on child development. This course focuses on the period from fertilization to around age 12, but we may discuss how childhood experiences affect outcomes later in life.
1: Students will be able to describe major theories and concepts in child development.
2: Students will be able to independently find information about child development, and critically evaluate both scientific and popular information about child development.
3: Students will be able to form educated opinions about current discourses in child development (for example, overparenting or screen time).
4: Students will improve basic writing skills such as honing a topic, choosing appropriate sources, and organizing a manuscript.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year
Categories: Psychology , Fully In-Person , All courses