Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION: 
    Integrated presentation of theory and research, focusing on physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from the age of six through adolescence.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course is designed to familiarize students with the basic theoretical and empirical issues in the study of childhood and adolescence and their applications to child rearing and education. Topics include human behaviour and processes related to the development of self-concept, gender concept, mental operations, moral reasoning, the impact of familial and extra-familial influences, and schooling.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Give a historical account of the concept of childhood, including theories and models of development and recognise various research methods used in the study of development.
    2. Evaluate patterns of physical development from ages 6 to 12, as well as the newer approaches to explaining cognitive development in middle childhood.
    3. Identify and analyze the personal, familial and extrafamilial factors associated with engagement in school, as well as the cognitive consequences of schooling.
    4. Critically discuss aspects of social, moral, and personality development in middle childhood, especially in terms of peers and family relationships.
    5. Identify and evaluate the physiological changes marking the onset of puberty, as well as the development of cognitive functioning during adolescence.
    6. Demonstrate detailed understanding of the relationship of adolescents to parents and peers, as well as identity development. 
    7. Apply theories to real situations with children and adolescents, conducting a small scale project.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING: 
    In congruence with the learning and teaching strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures and discussions on selected readings
    - Interactive group workshops on topics being taught
    - In-class critical discussions of published articles
    - Office hours
    - Use of Blackboard site