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2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
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PSY 215 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology

4 Credit(s)

An introduction to psychological aspects of human development from conception through old age. Topics covered include brain, perceptual, cognitive, memory, socio-emotional, and personality development. Theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to the study of development will also be covered. May be offered online.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior. Learn to distinguish scientific findings pertaining to lifespan development from anecdotal reports and common sense conclusions. Identify and consider important concepts and themes to understand psychological aspects of brain development, perceptual development, cognitive development, socio-emotional development and personality development across the lifespan. Use scientific research findings to critically evaluate real life examples, media stories and ideas based on stereotypes of lifespan development.
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live. Analyze how lifespan development themes and concepts apply to one's own experience, goals and interests to enhance personal growth and development. Consider how communication, social interactions and appreciation for diversity can be enhanced through understanding lifespan development and its impact on everyday life. 
  3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society. Consider how an individual's changing abilities attitudes and goals that occur at different life stages shape his/her social support network and role in society.
  4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry. Evaluate scientific research supporting different theoretical approaches to structuring lifespan development, including stage theories and continuity theories.
  5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication. Identify reliable internet resources, peer-reviewed journals and texts to support arguments and concepts presented about lifespan development.

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