505 Developmental Psychology

This course is an examination of selected theories of human growth and development over the life span and in multicultural contexts, with attention to the research methods which support the theories and with additional focus on developmental psychopathology and therapeutic applications of developmental psychology. Topics of investigation include theories of individual and family development, normative transitions, and developmental crises, selected issues in neurobiological areas of development, developmental issues in disability and exceptional abilities, psychopathology, and the situational and environmental factors that affect human development. Addictions and addictive behaviors are addressed as related to the field of developmental psychology. Ethical and legal considerations are considered in context of research and practice of developmental psychology. (4/14)