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Final Exam - 30%
Midterms(2) - 40%
Quiz - 5%
Oral Questioning - 5%
Presentation (Oral) - 5%
Observation - 15%
An Orientation to lifespan development. Determining the nature—and nurture—of lifespan development. Theoretical perspectives. Research in lifespan development. Physical development; genetics, prenatal development, and birth. Foundations of genetics.The interaction of heredity and environment;prenatal growth and birth. Physical growth and change. Motor development. Perceptual development. Stress and coping. Illness and well-being. Promoting health and wellness. Principles of cognitive development. Piaget’s approach to cognitive development.Vygotsky’s view of cognitive development.The basics of information processing. Memory. Applying information processing approaches.The origins of language. The course of language development. Culture and language. Intelligence: Determining individual strengths. Controversies involving intelligence. Intellectual disabilities and the intellectually gifted. Forging early social relationships. Emotional development. Personality.The development of the self. Evaluating the self. Picking An occupation: Choosing life’s work. Developing morality. Spirituality and religion. Aggression and violence. Gender: Why do boys wear blue and girls wear pink? Sexual maturation and sexuality. Relationships. Social relationships across the lifespan. Lifestyles. Family life. Schooling and lifetime learning. Leisure. A multicultural world. Dying and death across the lifespan. Confronting death.Grief and bereavement.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. outline the physical, cognitive, moral, and psychosocial development changes and milestones of the individual throughtout the lifespan
2. analyze the interrelated influences of culture, heredity, physiology, environment, and social context on development throughout the lifespan
3. discuss how knowledge of lifespan development information and theory can inform decision-making within individuals, families, schools, health and social service systems and the larger community
4. discuss how knowledge of lifespan development information and theory can be applied to practice in various professions
5. explain multicultural implications (including issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, immigrant status, history, trauma, etc.) of applying life span development theories with clients/students dealing with these issues.