PSY 210 - Lifespan Human Development

Course Description

This course investigates how and why people of diverse backgrounds change over time. It surveys theories, research and controversies of human development from conception to death. It analyzes the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development in ecological contexts from multidisciplinary perspectives. Emphasis is on how to promote well-being and growth, and to overcome developmental challenges throughout life span.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Identify the basic universal principles underlying human development;
Describe the physical, cognitive and psychosocial characteristics of lifespan development;
Explain major theories and methodologies related to lifespan human development;
Describe and analyze major changes across different stages throughout lifespan (prenatal, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, aging, and death and dying);
Identify and discuss the multi-disciplinary and multi-contextual characteristics of lifespan human development in today's global context;
Describe and discuss major crises, disabilities, undesirable developmental outcomes and the historical social/cultural influences (including inequality, discrimination) on developmental differences;
Identify and apply strategies for well-being and growth for optimal personal development in today's complex society.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: PSY 140