This course is an introductory course in developmental psychology. Developmental psychology is the branch of psychology devoted to the study of human development and change. Course material will expose you to the key issues, methods, theories and research findings in this field. As change and development are an intrinsic part of the human experience, it is hoped that your learning in this course will foster a lifetime interest in the process of human development.
The content of the course is organized chronologically-beginning at the point of conception and following the trajectory of human development through to the teen years. A key theme in the course is the interconnectedness of developmental processes. Interrelations between the child's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are explored through the course material. Emphasized as well is the intricate relation between the child and the contexts that support his/her development such as family life, peers, and culture.
Delivery is self-paced, allowing you the flexibility to proceed through the course according to your own schedule. The course is available in print and web versions. TRU-Open Learning has no admission requirements and you can register for this course at any time.
After you have completed the work in this course, you should be able to:
The course is divided into four units, which are further divided into topics of study:
Module 1: Foundations
Module 2: Infancy and Early Childhood
Module 3: Middle Childhood
Module 4: Adolescence
Computer and internet access.
TED Talk, "Linguistic Genius of Babies," by Dr. Patricia Kuhl available at: http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies.html
TED Talk, "Sugatra Mitra: The Child Driven Education," available at http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html
If you are unable to access the internet to view these two videos needed for Assignments 2 and 3, you can contact TED Talks at TED Conferences LLC, 250 Hudson St., Suite 1002, New York, NY 10013 or by FAX at 212-227-6397 or by phone at 212-346-9333 to order a DVD of the videos. The cost is approximately $10 US to order one DVD with up to six 90-minute TED talks. Information about ordering DVDs can also be found at http://dvd.ted.com/p-827-patricia-kuhl-the-linguistic-genius-of-babies.aspx and http://dvd.ted.com/p-251-sugata-mitra-the-child-driven-education.aspx.
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by phone if you are taking the print version of the course or by email if you are taking the web version. You will receive a welcome letter or e-mail from the Open Learning Faculty Member with contact information when you start the course.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50 per cent overall, and obtain at least 50 per cent on the mandatory final examination. The following table illustrates how your final grade will be determined for this course.