|Content of the Module||Current research and theories in development related to the preschool child, elementary school child, adolescent, and adult. Emphasis on social, cognitive, and affective development including implications for counseling strategies over the lifespan.
The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of human development throughout the entire life cycle. Students are assisted in understanding how various developmental issues create problems in living.
A. General Instructional Objectives
This course seeks to:
- Make students aware of the complex interaction of heredity and environment in shaping human lives.
- Acquaint the students with the uses of theory in human development and the purpose served by theory.
- Help students understand social, personality, interpersonal, cognitive, and physical changes that occur during their lifespan.
- Explore major theories of human development.
B. Specific Behavioral Objectives
As a result of the activities and study in this course, the student should be able to:
- Explain human development as described by major theories of development, including Learning Theory, Cognitive Theory, Psychoanalytic Theory, and Humanistic Theory.
- Outline physical and motor development in infancy and childhood.
- Describe the process of language development in humans and contrast this development to that of animals.
- Describe the development of gender-role behaviors and discuss psychological gender differences in children.
- Identify the physical changes that occur in adolescence.
- Outline social, personality, interpersonal and cognitive development in childhood.
- Outline social, personality, interpersonal and cognitive development in adolescence.
- Outline social, personality, interpersonal and cognitive development in early adulthood.
- Outline the physical changes that occur in late adulthood.
- Outline social, personality, interpersonal and cognitive development in later adulthood.
- Describe the major theories of the aging process.
- Describe the various understandings of death that pertain to various ages and cognitive abilities.
- Demonstrate an understanding of theories of individual and family development and transitions related to the development changes.
- Articulate ethical and legal considerations as related to individuals at various stages in the life cycle.
- Describe various developmental crises and their effect on optimal human development.
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