PSY-152: Child Psychology

School
Liberal Arts
Department
Psychology
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Psychology
Course Number
152
Course Title
Child Psychology
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
PSY-131 with grade of C or higher
Catalog Course Description

Covers physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development through adolescence. Explores a variety of theories, recent research, and practical application.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The Foundations of Child Psychology
  2. Research Methods in Child Psychology
  3. Genetic Foundations of Child Psychology
  4. Prenatal Development, Pregnancy, and Birth
  5. Infancy and Toddlerhood

    a. Physical Development
    b. Cognitive Development
    c. Social Development
    d. Emotional Development

  6. Early Childhood

    a. Physical Development
    b. Cognitive Development
    c. Social Development
    d. Emotional Development

  7. Middle Childhood

    a. Physical Development
    b. Cognitive Development
    c. Social Development
    d. Emotional Development

  8. Adolescence

    a. Physical Development
    b. Cognitive Development
    c. Social Development
    d. Emotional Development

Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Describe the field of child psychology
  2. Compare and contrast major research methods used in child psychology
  3. Analyze child psychology theorists and their theories
  4. Describe the genetic mechanisms that impact development
  5. Describe the various processes of prenatal development, pregnancy, and birth
  6. Evaluate the different physical, cognitive, social, and emotional developmental changes in infancy and toddlerhood
  7. Evaluate the different physical, cognitive, social, and emotional developmental changes in early childhood
  8. Evaluate the different physical, cognitive, social, and emotional developmental changes in middle childhood
  9. Evaluate the different physical, cognitive, social, and emotional developmental changes in adolescence
  10. Explain the impact of culture, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status on development

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Each instructor will implement appropriate methods for assessing the achievement of the learning objectives of the course with one exception: Each student will be required to write at least one critical thinking assignment, with guidelines determined by the instructor.

Outcomes

General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
03/15/2019
AALC Approval Date
04/17/2019
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
05/13/2019