Fall 2022

Developmental Psychology

Listed in: Education Studies, as EDST-227  |  Psychology, as PSYC-227

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Kelley O'Carroll (Section 01)


(Offered as PSYC 227 and EDST 227) A study of human development across the lifespan with an emphasis on the general characteristics of various stages of development from birth to adolescence and on the determinants of the developmental process. The class will explore: 1) prenatal development, 2) the development of motor skills, cognitive skills, language, emotional understanding, attachments, and morality, and 3) the role of family systems in development. Students will engage with this content using contemporary research and real-world applications.   

Requisite: PSYC 100 or 212 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 40 students per section. Offered Fall semester: Professor O'Carroll.  Spring semester: Prof. Palmquist.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to majors in Psychology according to seniority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course will involve readings from a textbook, popular press pieces, and empirical articles. There will be several writing assignments, including: short written responses to questions about the empirical articles and 4 essays on a case study of child development. There will also be 7 knowledge assessments (quizzes) over the course of the semester. Finally, students will engage in in-class discussions and small-group work during our meetings together.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022