Life Span Human Development: Course Description

This course focuses on a historical view of human development leading to the current life span approach to form an understanding of the developing individual, and it explores influences on human development, ranging from individual models to cross-cultural groups. Emphasis is given to personality, social, intellectual, and physical development, and the major theories used to describe how people change throughout their life span.
 

Human Development: Basic Concepts and Methods

  • Explain the life span perspective of development.
  • Identify the development domains and periods.
  • Examine contemporary concerns related to life span development.
  • Analyze theories of life span development.

Biological Beginnings and Infancy

  • Explain how heredity and the environment interact to produce individual differences in development.
  • Examine physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in infancy.
  • Describe the development of motor, sensory, and perceptual skills in infancy.

Childhood: Early, Middle, and Late

  • Examine physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in early, middle, and late childhood.
  • Explain how families can impact the development of young children.
  • Explain cognitive changes in middle and late childhood.
  • Describe changes in peer relationships in middle and late childhood.

Adolescence

  • Examine physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in adolescence.
  • Explain cognitive changes in adolescence.
  • Describe the changes that occur in peer relations during adolescence.
  • Identify strategies for helping adolescents with problems.

Adulthood and the End of Life

  • Examine physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in early, middle, and late adulthood.
  • Examine the way in which death and dying are viewed at different points in human development.
  • Analyze the roles of cultural contexts in understanding death.
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