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An introduction to the study of human growth and development from conception through emerging adulthood. Topics for discussion include prenatal and infant development, perceptual and motor development, language acquisition, cognitive development, and social and emotional development. These topics form the basis for a discussion of the major theories of human development, including those about early experience, neural plasticity, dynamic systems, information processing, social learning, attachment, parenting, and family systems.
Format: lecture; This course will be taught entirely remotely. Live, synchronous lectures will take place on Zoom during scheduled course meeting hours (in Eastern Standard time). Students may be assigned to smaller student groups for some class projects. Those groups are permitted to meet on campus following appropriate safety protocols and if everyone in the group is comfortable with the arrangement. Otherwise, all course-related meetings and class presentations will occur remotely.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
The main form of evaluation will be 3 online written exams (2 midterm, 1 final). Depending on enrollment numbers, there may be an oral exam component to supplement the online exams. Students will also be expected to participate in smaller "book/journal club" meetings throughout the semester and from these meetings, will produce 5 brief writing assignments (2-3 pages each) and a final 15-20 minute group presentation. Attendance is required and active participation during lectures is strongly encouraged.
Preference will be given to sophomores and junior psychology majors and senior psychology majors who still need to fulfill a 200-level requirement.
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