PSYCH 200 : Special Topic: Foundations of Developmental Psychology
2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)
- What develops and when? We will learn about key aspects of human physical, social, and cognitive development from infancy through childhood. For example, what do infants know at birth? And, how does memory develop?
- How is development measured? We will look at development from a scientific perspective, focusing on how we ask and answer research questions objectively and systematically. Different methodologies (and their advantages and limitations) will be discussed. This aspect of the course will encourage you to learn to evaluate critically the research studies and findings that are the focus of the course and to be able to think critically about science beyond this course.
- What are the mechanisms of change? By examining the “what and when” in relation to theory and evidence, we will begin to understand how the mind and behaviour develop. Learning about the mechanisms of change will enable you to focus on synthesizing what we know about different aspects of development into a more integrated, comprehensive view of the mind.
- What are the implications? By understanding basic mechanisms of development, we can obtain insight about practical issues. For example, how can research on memory development inform our educational practices?
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Compare, contrast, and critically evaluate major theories and research methodologies in developmental psychology (Capability 1 and 2)
- Develop a more comprehensive, inclusive, and integrated view of the human mind to explain how factors ranging from biological maturation to culture shape our thoughts and behaviours (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
- Build on contemporary research and theory to draw implications for future research, social policy, or applied contexts (Capability 3 and 6)
- Develop scientific literacy, communication, and critical thinking skills to become a discerning consumer and sharer of information (Capability 2, 4 and 5)
|Assignments||30%||Group & Individual Coursework|
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect to spend 3 hours in lectures each week, a total of 8 hours in tutorials throughout the semester, 2 to 3 hours of reading and thinking about the course content each week, and an average of approximately 3 to 4 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation each week.
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