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Nita Mckinley
TPSYCH 220
Tacoma Campus

Lifespan Development

Explores human cognitive and psychosocial development across the lifespan. Covers theories, methodologies, and research findings using a lifespan approach, which examines continuity and change from conception to death and the interaction of biological, psychological, and social aspects of development. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

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NOTE: EITHER THE FIRST OR SECOND EDITION OF THE TEXTBOOK IS FINE FOR THIS CLASS.

In this course we explore developmental psychology, including theories and methodologies used by developmental psychologists and what their research shows about human development. We take a lifespan approach, which means studying continuity and change from conception to death and the interaction of biological, psychological, and social aspects of development. Additionally, this approach conceptualizes development as multidirectional, multicontextual, multicultural, multidisciplinary, and plastic.

To achieve this goal, you complete weekly modules that guide you through the stages of development using textbook readings, lectures, exercises, videos, and quizzes. You also complete five group papers where you debate issues in developmental psychology with your classmates and support a position.

An online course means more flexibility in preparation and completion of assignments; it does not mean less time. The University of Washington requires that a 5-credit course include approximately 15 hours per week in coursework and participation. You should expect to spend this amount of time on this course.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nita Mckinley
Date: 11/12/2013