PSYC 3151: Developmental Psychology of Children

Students explore normal human development from conception to middle childhood. A major focus is on the various genetic, environmental, social, family, and cultural factors that influence development in complex ways. The course has been designed to highlight cross-cultural research on development. Topics include major theoretical issues and research methods, prenatal development and birth, physical development throughout childhood, development of cognition and language, socialization (moral and sex-role development), and personality.

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss the historical foundations and major theoretical perspectives of human development.
  • Discuss 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 up to and including the middle years of childhood.
  • Discuss the bidirectional interplay (interaction) of genetic (nature) and environmental (nurture) factors upon children's development.
  • Discuss key developmental issues such as critical periods of development, continuity vs. discontinuity of development, and universal vs. culture specific developments.
  • Critically reflect on developmental issues and research findings as presented in published articles, scholarly presentations, and web resources devoted to child development concerns.

Course topics

  • Module 1: History, Theory, and Research Strategies
  • Module 2: Genetic and Environmental Foundations
  • Module 3: Prenatal Development
  • Module 4: Birth and the Newborn Baby
  • Module 5: Infancy and Toddlerhood: Physical Development
  • Module 6: Infancy and Toddlerhood: Cognitive Development
  • Module 7: Infancy and Toddlerhood Emotional & Social Development
  • Module 8: Early Childhood: Physical Development
  • Module 9: Early Childhood: Cognitive Development
  • Module 10: Early Childhood: Emotional & Social Development
  • Module 11: Middle Childhood: Physical Development
  • Module 12: Middle Childhood: Cognitive Development
  • Module 13: Middle Childhood: Emotional & Social Development

Required text and materials

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Berk, L.E. (2020) Revel for Infants and Children: Prenatal Through Middle Childhood (9th ed.) - with MyVirtualChild. Pearson Education Canada.
    Type: E-Text. ISBN: 9780135496916

Or the earlier edition is also acceptable:

  1. Berk, L.E. (2016). Revel for Infants and Children: Prenatal through Middle Childhood โ€“ Access Card, (8th ed.) Pearson Education Canada.
    Type: Access Code Card. ISBN: 9780134184340

Assessments

Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, students are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in person approved Testing Centre. Please contact exams@tru.ca with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

ONLINE STUDENTS:

Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 15%
Discussions 5%
Final Exam (Mandatory) 50%

PRINT STUDENTS:

Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 15%
Reflections 5%
Final Exam (Mandatory) 50%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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