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Psychology 210

Introductory Child Psychology

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Psychology 120 and 12 credits

Corequisite: English 100

Text: Berger, K.S., The Developing Person: Through Childhood and Adolescence, 9th Ed. Worth Publishers. 2012

Course Description:

This course is aimed at introducing child psychology, focusing on development from conception to adolescence. An overview is provided of the cognitive, perceptual, physical, moral, personality, language and social aspects of childhood development. Within a lifespan developmental perspective, the course examines research methods, developmental theories, and application of research findings to selected problems in the major periods of the lifespan.

Course Outline:

Chapter Content
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Theories of development
Chapter 3 Heredity and environment
Chapter 4 Prenatal development and birth
Chapter 5 First 2 years: Biosocial development
Chapter 6 First 2 years: Cognitive development
Chapter 7 First 2 years: Psychosocial development
Chapter 8 The play years: Biosocial development
Chapter 9 The play years: Cognitive development
Chapter 10 The play years: Psychosocial development
Chapter 11 The school years: Biosocial development
Chapter 12 The school years: Cognitive development
Chapter 13 The school years: Psychosocial development


Class Attendance 10%
Participation 10%
Term Project 10%
Mid-term 30%
Final Exam 40%


Gary Mangel, B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Crystal Ehresman, B.A. (Saskachewan), M.Sc. (Lethbridge)

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