PSY 3150


This course discusses major psychological theories of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development that occur throughout the life span. Human development at the pre-natal, infancy, adolescence, adulthood, and old age stages of life will be covered. Classic and current psychological studies in the area will be discussed.


  1. Describe and explain lifespan development and provide examples to demonstrate the impact of genetics and the environment on patterns of development.
  2. Analyze the fundamental features of Piaget’s, Vygotsky's and Erikson's theories of cognitive, emotional, and social development and explain what roles other people play in an infant’s social development and ability to form relationships.
  3. Compare and contrast the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development during infancy, the preschool years, the middle childhood years, adolescence, early adulthood, and middle and late adulthood.
  4. Describe and explain how the concept of self develops and how language develops during the middle childhood period.
  5. Describe and explain how relationships and friendships impact the development of self-concept, self-esteem, and identity.
  6. Explain how intelligence is defined today and what causes cognitive growth in young adults and describe the physical changes that affect people in middle adulthood.
  7. Explain the characteristics of work and career in middle adulthood and the impact that these life responsibilities have on emotional development and relationships with peers and family.
  8. Describe the development of elderly people and the difficulties they face.
  9. Describe death and dying and the social impact to spouses and families.


  1. PSY 1010
  2. BIO 1030


Development through the lifespan (Rev: 5)

Publisher: Pearson (2010)
Author: Berk, L. E.
ISBN: 9780205687930
Price: $60.01

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