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2024-2025 Catalog 
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PSYCH 229 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Credits: 4
Lecture Contact Hours: 4
Description: This course provides an in-depth overview of the concept of human development, which encompasses the growth and learning of humans from conception to death. The course will explore biological structures, cognitive growth and psychosocial changes that take place during human development contextualized in the social structures and culture that affect them. These themes are explored with an understanding of the theories and research findings across the lifespan.

Prerequisites: PSYCH 201  with a minimum grade of 2.0.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended: None.

Course Category: Liberal Arts | Social Science
This course counts toward Schoolcraft’s General Education Requirements.
This course counts toward a Michigan Transfer Agreement General Education Requirement.

This Course is Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Course Competencies
  1. Summarize the contributions of the major theories in developmental psychology. 
  2. Examine the interpretation of research in developmental psychology.
  3. Examine different research methods, concepts and terminology in lifespan development.
  4. Examine physical development throughout the lifespan.
  5. Examine neurological development throughout the lifespan.
  6. Differentiate theories of language learning and current views on language learning.
  7. Explain the cultural, economic and geographic influences on development at each stage of life.
  8. Interpret the relationship between health and certain lifestyle factors and measures for increasing health throughout the lifespan.
  9. Examine cognitive changes throughout the lifespan.
  10. Evaluate psychosocial and emotional development throughout the lifespan.
  11. Explore attitudes about death and dying.
  12. Evaluate current perspectives on aging.
  13. Explore how social support affects development throughout the lifespan.
  14. Explore how social institutions and cultural values affect development throughout the lifespan.
  15. Explain the relationships and applications of lifespan development concepts and principles to personal experience.
  16. Examine milestone events related to the various periods of the lifespan.

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