Apr 11, 2021  
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog
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PY 211 - Lifespan Development

This course utilizes a lifespan approach to human development.  It focuses on factors associated with physical, cognitive, social, and personality development from birth through adulthood.  Using major developmental theories as a framework, biological, psychological, and environmental factors and their interplay will be discussed.  Topics will also include philosophical and historical bases of theories as well as the cultural factors that influence development.

Prerequisites & Notes

PY 101 or Permission from the Program Director

Assignment Overview
Assignments: Varied Throughout the Term

Interactivity: Discussion Boards

Final Assessment: Final Research Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain at least four major theories of human development.
  • Describe the methods used to study human development and be able to critically evaluate research findings and conclusions.
  • Explain several ways in which sociocultural influences affect human development.
  • Apply the concepts of developmental psychology to relevant practical issues that may arise in your day-to-day personal and professional life.
  • Reflect on an important developmental experience in order to gain new insights into your own growth and development.

Credits: 3

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