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Developmental Psychology: Course Outline(APsy-410)

The branch of psychology that studies the psychological growth of individuals. It deals with the psychological responses and changes in behavior that characterize such stages of life as infancy, adolescence, and old age.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction

Nature and scope of development psychology

Historical perspective of development psychology

Research methods for studying developmental changes

Assessment in developmental psychology

Ethical issues in research on developmental psychology

Unit 2: Theories of development

Freud’s psychoanalytic theory

Erik Erikson psychological stages of development

Piaget’s theory of cognitive development

Vygotsky’s socio cognitive cultural theory

Kohlberg’s theory of moral development

Unit 3: Prenatal development

Prenatal development phases

Genetic influences in development

Prenatal environmental influences

Unit 4: Infancy

Physical development

Cognitive development in infancy with reference to piaget’s theory

Language development in infancy

Socio emotional development in infancy

Course Outline

Unit 5: Childhood

Physical development, Emotional development

Cognitive development in childhood with reference to piaget’s theory

Personality development (role of familial and extra familial influences

Unit 6: Adolescence

Physical development, Emotional development

Identity formation in adolescence

Cognitive development in adolescence with reference to piaget’s theory

Social development

Problem and disturbance in adolescence

Unit 7: Early adulthood

Physical development, Occupational adjustments

Family adjustments

Unit 8: Middle adulthood

Physical changes, Social adjustments

Occupational adjustments, Family adjustments

Unit 9: Gerontology

Physical changes, Challenges faced by the elderly

The elderly and death