Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
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.
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.
Course overview, History, Theories, and Methods; (Ch. 1)
Heredity and Prenatal Development? (Ch. 2)
Birth and the Newborn Baby (Ch.3)
Infancy: Physical Development (Ch. 4)
Infancy: Cognitive Development (Ch. 5)
Infancy: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 6)
Exam 1 (Covers Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, plus lecture)
Early Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 7)
Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 8)
Middle Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 9)
Middle Childhood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 10)
Exam 2 (Covers Chapters 7, 8, 9, & 10, plus lecture)
Adolescence: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 11)
Adolescence: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 12)
Early Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 13)
Early Adulthood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 14)
Exam 3 (Covers Chapters 11, 12, 13 & 14, plus lecture)
Middle Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 15), Middle Adulthood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch. 16)
Late Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development (Ch. 17)
Late Adulthood: Social and Emotional Development (Ch 18)
Life’s Final Chapter (Ch 19)
****Deadline for Extra credit survey to be done July 30
Wrap Up & Discussion
Exam 4 (Covers Ch. 15, 16, 17, 18, & 19, plus lecture)
Optional: Drop in/office hours with Dr. E. Youngstrom
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.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.