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Nita Mckinley
TPSYCH 407
Tacoma Campus

The Cultural Context of Developmental Psychology

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.

Class description

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.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

student-led large and small group discussions, some lecture

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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: 11/04/2003