University of South Carolina
College of Arts and SciencesPsychology Department
Survey of Developmental PsychologyPsychology 420Summer 2013
Monday-Friday, 11:45-1:35PM, Hamilton 201
: Bridgette Tonnsen
: Psychology Annex, 819 Barnwell St
(843) 810-0238 (emergencies)
: 2-4PM Tuesday & by appointment
This course will explore human development across the lifespan, encompassing the prenatal period through late adulthood. We will incorporate social, cognitive, physical, and emotional theories. We will alsoexplore current research and practical applications of material.
The instructor will use lecture, readings, discussion, projects, and research articles to facilitate
students’ critical thinking and successful mastery of the following learning objectives:
Describe the hallmark features of physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development over the lifespan, andappreciate the inter-relationship among these domains.
Define and contrast cross-sectional and longitudinal research methods, and articulate their advantages andlimitations.
Compare and contrast theoretical perspectives used to frame developmental findings.
Appreciate the importance of the parent-child relationship over time.
Understand the basic process of brain development over the lifespan and how developmental neurosciencecontributes to our understanding of human development.
Identify how culture influences expectations and development over time.
Recognize how individual differences including intelligence, temperament, and gender affect typical andatypical development.
List multiple examples of adolescent risky behavior and the biological, cognitive, and social mechanisms thatcontribute to these behaviors.
Describe how the mind ages and how intelligence is expressed during adulthood.
Critically evaluate claims in the media and popular press regarding developmental processes.
Integrate course concepts with real-world experiences.
Essentials of Life-Span Development, 3
Research articles and other readings will be assigned and can be accessed on Blackboard or via databases asidentified by the instructor.For additional reading, students may also consult
How Children Develop
(Seigler, DeLoache, & Eisenberg,2011) and
Human Development: A Cultural Approach
(Arnett, 2011), which complement your primary text.You will not be responsible for information from these textbooks that is not covered in lecture.
Course Policies:Lecture Notes:
and read the text
to obtain all necessary content that will becovered on the exam(s) and other assignments. Lecture notes will be posted on Blackboard before class but maynot be considered a substitute for attending class.