Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
Adult Develop & Aging
This course provides an in-depth understanding of psychological development from late adolescence through middle and late adulthood. Theories of adult development are evaluated, and research methods for studying adult development are presented. Students examine changes and continuities in cognitive abilities, identity, work, intimate relationships, parenting, social networks, physical health, and psychological adjustment. The influences of gender, sexuality, culture, ethnicity, and personality are explored, as well as the impact of early experiences and intergenerational influences. Students are encouraged to relate the theories and research covered in class to their own development as adults and to consider contrasting views of adult development and aging: decline vs. growth of wisdom, loss vs. expansion of opportunities, fixed stages of development vs. adaptive change throughout life.