Thompson Rivers University

TRU
Open Learning

PSYC 2131
Introduction to Childhood and Adolescence

3.0 Credits

Description

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 Method

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.

Prerequisites

None

Exclusions

None

Objectives

After you have completed the work in this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the major theoretical perspectives and research strategies researchers employ in the scientific study of human development.
  • Explain the major physical, cognitive and socioemotional developments that occur across development from conception to the teen years.
  • Discuss the impact of developmental contexts such as family life, schooling, peer groups and media upon children's development.
  • Critically reflect on developmental issues and research findings as presented in published articles, scholarly presentations and web resources devoted to child development concerns.

Course Outline

The course is divided into four units, which are further divided into topics of study:

Module 1: Foundations

  • 1.1 The Study of Child Development
  • 1.2 Nature with Nurture
  • 1.3 Conception, Prenatal Development and Birth

Module 2: Infancy and Early Childhood

  • 2.1 Physical Development in Infancy
  • 2.2 Cognitive Development in Infancy
  • 2.3 Socioemotional Development in Infancy
  • 2.4 Physical Development in Early Childhood
  • 2.5 Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
  • 2.6 Socioemotional Development in Early Childhood

Module 3: Middle Childhood

  • 3.1 Physical Development in Middle Childhood
  • 3.2 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
  • 3.3 Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood

Module 4: Adolescence

  • 4.1 Physical Development in Adolescence
  • 4.2 Cognitive Development in Adolescence
  • 4.3 Socioemotional Development in Adolescence

Maximum Completion

30 weeks

Required Text and Materials

  1. Steinberg, L., Vandell, D. L., & Bornstein, M. . Development: Infancy through adolescence.. Belmont CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011.
    Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-618-72155-9 / 0-618-72155-X
  1. Henry, Bouas Kelly . Study guide: Development: Infancy through Adolescence . Belmont CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011.
    Type: ISBN: 9780618609901 / 0618609903

Additional Requirements

Computer and internet access.

Print Students:

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.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

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.

Assessment

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.

Assignment 1 12%
Assignment 2 12%
Assignment 3 12%
Assignment 4 14%
Final Exam 50%
TOTAL 100%


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