Extends understanding of basic ch9ld development by critiquing and placing in cultural context Western models of development and methodologies used to search for universal development. Explores importance of culture to understanding developmental processes and the political nature of developmental psychology. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Traditionally, psychology has taken the Western child as the standard of development to which children of other cultures are compared. In this course, we will explore an account of child development that is embedded in cultural context. We will focus on · a critique of traditional models of development and their methodologies, · the relevance of culture to developmental processes, · the exploration of development in diverse cultures, · the political nature of the study of development.
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General method of instruction
student-led large and small group discussions, some lecture
Class assignments and grading