Spring 2025

Developmental Psychology

Listed in: , as EDST-227  |  Psychology, as PSYC-227


Carrie Palmquist (Section 01)


(Offered as PSYC 227 and EDST 227) A study of human development across the lifespan with an emphasis on the general characteristics of various stages of development from birth to adolescence and on the determinants of the developmental process. The class will explore: 1) prenatal development, 2) the development of motor skills, cognitive skills, language, emotional understanding, attachments, and morality, and 3) the role of family systems in development. Students will engage with this content using contemporary research and real-world applications.   

Requisite: PSYC 100 or 212 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 40 students per section. Offered Spring semester: Prof. Palmquist.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to majors in Psychology according to seniority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course will involve readings from a textbook, popular press pieces, and empirical articles. There will be several writing assignments, including: short written responses to questions about the empirical articles and 4 essays on a case study of child development. There will also be 7 knowledge assessments (quizzes) over the course of the semester. Finally, students will engage in in-class discussions and small-group work during our meetings together.

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Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025