Developmental Psychology

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Developmental Psychology

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Goals:

    How do our brains and bodies grow and change throughout our lives? What parts of how we think and feel are universal and true of humans anywhere? What things change depending on environment and culture?

    This course provides an introduction to the psychological development of human beings, moving from birth through late life. This is a life span course, rather than a child development course. We will talk some about physical development and biology, because these processes are tightly connected to psychological development. We will also cover cognitive, emotional, social and cultural factors. By organizing the course this way, you will be exposed to the biopsychosocial model of psychological functioning, which is the prevailing way of thinking about the field of psychology in most universities.

    Because we have only 6 weeks to cover the entire field of developmental psychology, our consideration of most topics must be selective and brief. After this course, you should be familiar with crucial basic principles and concepts, preparing you for further study in more advanced psychology courses. I also hope that this course will increase your curiosity and your interest in the field of psychology. In order to make this a stimulating course, you need to contribute your time, effort, attention, and your genuine curiosity. I want your active involvement.

    This summer will also provide an opportunity to learn and discuss how aspects of human development are different in Asian countries, such as Korea, compared to the Western countries that provided much of the research information for the first century of modern scientific study of human psychological development. We use some in-class projects and exercises to explore similarities and differences between Korea, the USA, and other countries.

    Class Schedule:
    Please plan to read the chapters according to this schedule. Occasionally one topic may go over into the next lecture, but exams will stay on the set dates.





    June 27

    Course overview, History, Theories, and Methods; (Ch. 1)


    June 28

    Heredity and Prenatal Development? (Ch. 2)


    June 29

    Birth and the Newborn Baby (Ch.3)
    Infancy: Physical Development (Ch. 4)


    July 3

    Infancy: Cognitive Development (Ch. 5)


    July 4

    Infancy: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 6)


    July 5

    Exam 1 (Covers Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, plus lecture)


    July 6

    Early Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 7)


    July 10

    Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 8)


    July 11

    Middle Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 9)


    July 12

    Middle Childhood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 10)


    July 13

    Exam 2 (Covers Chapters 7, 8, 9, & 10, plus lecture)


    July 17

    Adolescence: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 11)


    July 18

    Adolescence: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 12)


    July 19

    Early Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 13)


    July 20

    Early Adulthood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 14)


    July 24

    Exam 3 (Covers Chapters 11, 12, 13 & 14, plus lecture)


    July 25

    Middle Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 15), Middle Adulthood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 16)


    July 26

    Late Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 17)



    July 27

    Late Adulthood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch 18)

    Life’s Final Chapter (Ch 19)

    ****Deadline for Extra credit survey to be done July 30


    July 31

    Wrap Up & Discussion


    August 1

    Exam 4 (Covers Ch. 15, 16, 17, 18, & 19, plus lecture)


    August 2

    Optional: Drop in/office hours with Dr. E. Youngstrom          


    August 3


    I recommend that you read the textbook material before the lecture. That way, the material covered in lecture will serve as a review, and you’ll be in a better position to ask questions and converse about the topics.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.