PSY 241 - Child Development

Course Description

This course examines physical, cognitive and psychosocial development in ecological contexts from conception to adolescence. It surveys various theories and research of child development, and examines social/cultural influences that may shape or compromise normal development and transitions in today's global contexts. Emphasis is on how to promote healthy growth and overcome developmental challenges during this life stage.

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

Identify and explain the basic principles underlying child development.
Describe and analyze the physical, cognitive and psychosocial characteristics of development from prenatal to adolescence.
Describe and explain major theories and research methods of child development.
Identify and evaluate major changes at different stages (prenatal, infancy, early childhood, middle and late childhood, adolescence).
Identify and discuss the multi-disciplinary and multi-contextual characteristics of child development in today's global context.
Describe and analyze social/cultural influences (including inequality, discrimination) on normal and atypical childhood development and transitions.
Identify and apply strategies for well-being and growth, to promote optimal personal/career development for both individual and family.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: PSY 140