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PSY 240 Child Psychology (3 credits)

Course Description

This course deals not only with the subject matter of development psychology (such as cognitive development, physical development and socio-emotional development) but also attempts to apply the subject matter to those actively working with children such as parents, teachers, coaches and others.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Explain and discuss the major developmental theories and identify which theorists are associated with the
    theories by incorporating the concepts into written assignments and by responding to exam questions
    regarding the theories and theorists
• Understand the child's physical, cognitive and psychosocial development during infancy, early childhood,
    middle childhood, and adolescence as evidenced by responses on exam questions
• Critique David Walsh's Why Do They Act That Way?  A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and
    Your Teen, 2004, in a 3-4 page paper that will facilitate critical thinking
• Recognize and comment on his/her observations of three children in regard to the major developmental
    stages in a 3-6 page paper
• Apply information learned from the texts to his/her own life story by incorporating the concepts from the
    textbook in the autobiography
• Demonstrate understanding  as to the importance of child and adolescent development to a variety of
    social science fields by responses to exam questions, as well as in the written assignments


Learning Documentation

This course consists of 5 assignments and 2 exams.

Learning Evaluation

The assignments account for a total of 500 points, and each exam is 100 points for a total of 700 points possible.

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