Students will study the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of humans from conception through the life span. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical and practical application of developmental principles including atypical aspects of development. Major developmental theories concerning life span development will be studied. Topics from conception to death will be presented including: conception, prenatal development, prenatal developmental complications, physical, cognitive, social, emotional developmental and developmental issues. Included in these broad developmental areas are learning, brain development, personality, morality and societal influences on development. Atypical development and challenges to optimal development will be included. The course also examines end of life issues and bereavement. This is a foundational course for careers in the educational, social, psychological and medical fields. Students may receive credit for FCS 324 or PSYC 370, but not both.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- identify developmental factors that are influenced by heredity and environment including factors that lead to atypical and delayed development.
- define and give examples of developmental domains including developmental problems within each domain.
- compare and contrast major aspects of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and challenges in these areas during the life span.
- evaluate the research on the influence of nature and nurture.
- analyze how the concept of gender influences development.
- compare and contrast how identity is developed and how identity changes during the life span.
- analyze a major life event and/or time period based on life span theories.
- discuss and give examples of cultural factors that shape development and influence values, attitudes and beliefs.
- describe and give examples of how the scientific method can be used to evaluate research in life span development.