Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
This course traces the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from birth through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the complex ways in which biological predispositions, the family, and broader cultural and socioeconomic influences interact in shaping the child's character and psychological adjustment at successive stages of development. Students gain familiarity with traditional and contemporary theories of human development and the research methods used by developmental psychologists. Special attention is given to recent findings on the importance of early attachment relationships and to the emerging field of developmental psychopathology. Course readings are supplemented by video, classroom demonstrations, and individual research projects.