Psychology H340-1: Honors Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Spring 2001/ Brackett Hall 121/ TTh 12:30-1:45 pm


Aims of the course:

Psychology 340 is a survey course in human development. It takes a life-span perspective, which means we're trying to cover prenatal development, infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, and the various periods of adulthood--all in one 3-hour course. Needless to say, this is difficult to do in the time we have available! All the same, you will be introduced to many of the phenomena of normal psychological development in human beings, and to many of the theories that have been put forward to explain human development.

I don't have an attendance policy, because I don't think adults need one. It does not follow that skipping classes is a good idea. There is much controversy in psychology, sometimes over quite basic issues, so it is hard to get a full appreciation of the subject from the textbook. At times, I will cover material not in the textbook; at other times, I may cover similar material while being critical of the textbook's treatment. Regular attendance at class is necessary for success in this course.

Required Reading:

Santrock, John W. (1999). Life-span development (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Kagan, Jerome. (1998). Three seductive ideas. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Tests and grading:

There will be three tests and a final paper. The tests will consist of roughly 85% essay questions and 15% short answer questions. The final paper will be around 10 pages long (double spaced) and can be on any topic in life-span human development, basic or applied. If a real emergency (such as illness or death in the family) requires you to reschedule a test, please notify me before the scheduled test time so a makeup can be arranged. Your grade will be determined as follows:

Your grade will be determined as follows

Item % of
Final Grade
TEST 1 22%
TEST 2 22%
TEST 3 22%
FINAL PAPER 34%

Cheating

Cheating means providing or accepting information on a test (tests are meant to be your individual work). If you decide to cheat, I will take action against you according to University policy.

Our Schedule

Date Topic Reading
Thu. January 11 What Is Development? Santrock Ch. 1
Tue. January 16 Theories of Development Santrock Ch. 2 [Wed. Jan. 17 is last day to add a class]
Thu. January 18 Theories of Development
/ Empirical Methods
Santrock Ch. 2
Tue. January 23 Prenatal Development
/ Birth
Santrock Ch. 3 - Ch. 4
[Wed. Jan. 24 is last day to drop without a W]
Thu. January 25 Perceptual and Motor Development in Infancy Santrock Ch. 5
Fri. January 22 Perceptual and Motor Development in Infancy Santrock Ch. 5
Tue. January 30 TEST 1 Santrock Ch. 1-5
Thu. February 1 Cognitive Development in Infancy Santrock Ch. 6
Tue. February 6 Socioemotional Development in Infancy Santrock Ch. 7; Kagan Intro and Ch. 1
Thu. February 8 Physical and Cognitive Development
in Early Childhood
Santrock Ch. 8
Tue. February 13 Cognitive / Socioemotional
Development in Early Childhood
Santrock Ch. 8-9
Thu. February 15 Socioemotional Development
in Early Childhood
Santrock Ch. 9
Tue. February 20 Physical and Cognitive Development
in Middle Childhood
Santrock Ch. 10
Thu. February 22 Cognitive / Socioemotional Development
in Middle Childhood
Santrock Ch. 10-11
Tue. February 27 TEST 2 Santrock Ch. 6-11;
Kagan Intro and Ch. 1
Thu. March 1 Socioemotional Development
in Middle Childhood
Santrock Ch. 11; Kagan Ch. 2
[Fri. March 2 is last day to withdraw
without a final grade]
Tue. March 6 Physical and Cognitive
Development in Adolescence
Santrock Ch. 12
Thu. March 8 Cognitive / Socioemotional
Development in Adolescence
Santrock Ch. 12-13
Tue. March 13 Socioemotional Development
in Adolescence
Santrock Ch. 13
Thu. March 15 Physical and Cognitive Development
in Early Adulthood
Santrock Ch. 14
Mon.-Fri.
March 19-23
SPRING BREAK -
Tue. March 27 Cognitive / Socioemotional Development
in Early Adulthood
Santrock Ch. 15
Thu. March 29 Moral Development Kagan Ch. 3
Tue. April 3 Physical and Cognitive Development
in Middle Adulthood
Santrock Ch. 16
Thu. April 5 Socioemotional Development
in Middle Adulthood
Santrock Ch. 17
Tue. April 10 Physical Development
in Late Adulthood
Santrock Ch. 18
Thu. April 12 TEST 3 Santrock Ch. 11-18;
Kagan Ch. 2 and 3
Tue. April 17 Physical / Cognitive Development
in Late Adulthood
Santrock Ch. 18-19
Thu. April 19 Cognitive Development
in Late Adulthood
Santrock Ch. 19
Tue. April 24 Socioemotional Development
in Late Adulthood
Santrock Ch. 20
Thu. April 26 Death and Dying Santrock Ch. 21
Tue. May 1 4:30 pm FINAL PAPER DUE -