PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology • 5 Cr.
Presents research and theories regarding human growth and change across the life span. Students explore factors that affect psychosocial, cognitive, and physical development from psychological and socio-cultural perspectives. May require participation in projects. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Compare and contrast stage theory and transition theory, discussing continuity, stability, and chronology issues.
- Identify the three major research methods: descriptive, correlational and experimental designs and relate them to the unique challenges of developmental research.
- Describe the interactions of genetics and environmental influences at each stage of the lifespan.
- Compare and contrast the cognitive theory of Jean Piaget with the information processing theories of cognitive development.
- Compare and contrast the psychosocial theory of Erik Eikson with the psychosexual theory of Freud.
- Articulate the prenatal health issues and birthing options as influences on prenatal development.
- Apply knowledge of cross cultrual research to developmental differences across the life span
- Articulate common issues and perspectives, for each life stage in order to communicate effectively across the lifespan.