SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY IN MADRID
FALL 2003

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PY 400.1

DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Instructor: Laurence E. Heglar, PhD
Office hours: By appointment.
Meeting times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 to 15:30
Location: Room
E-mail: lheglar@schillermadrid.edu
Mobil phone: 676.406.071
Textbook web site: http://wps.ablongman.com/ab_berk_lifespan_3
Instructor's web site: http://personales.jet.es/lheglar/


Course Description:

This course will cover human development from birth through death - hence, what we call a "life-span developmental approach". We will be examining major developmental perspectives, research methods, what happens prior to and just after birth, the development of thinking, language and intelligence throughout the life course, the development of personality, social relationships with peers and the family, death, and atypical patterns of development.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

Basic Text: Berk, Laura E. (2001). Development Through the Lifespan (2nd ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Readings: Extra readings will be provided as photocopies and should be purchased from the Syracuse office.

Grading:

The final grade will be determined as follows:
Midterm examination30%
Final examination30%
Research Report30%*
Class participation10%

Exams: The midterm and final exams will consist of objective and essay questions.

Research Report: Students will be required to complete a research paper (minimum length=10 pages), examining in detail some area of human development. topics must be approved by the instructor.

*Service Learning Experience: This course includes an optional Service Learning Component. Service Learning was developed to connect real-world experiences and traditional academic learning. Students who volunteer for this program to make a meaningful contribution to the Madrid community, reflecting on the experience and process of making that contribution. Students who participate in this program in conjunction with this periodically share their experience with other class members. In addition, the paper for the course will consist of an account of their service learning experience in lieu of a research report.
Service Learning students who complete the following requirements will automatically receive 30% in the calculation of their final grade:
  1. Brief diary of daily activities and observations during their community service experience.
  2. Two summary papers that reflect on the experience to date, one before and one after the midterm. (2-3 Pages)
  3. Final paper that meaningfully reflects on the application of methodology, perspectives and theories presented in the course to specific aspects or persons encountered in the community service placement site.
Attendance:
Attendance in classes in all course is expected at Syracuse University. SU/Madrid class attendance requirements and policies concerning non-attendance are detailed below and on each respective course syllabi. Each unexcused absence after the deadline to declare ADD/AUDIT/PASS-FAIL (September 18th) will result in a penalty applied to the Final Grade; the penalty is the loss of a half of a grade point per unexcused absence thereafter (e.g., A to A-, A- to B+, B to B-, etc.).

Academic Standards

Students shall exhibit honesty in all academic endeavors; cheating in any form is not tolerated, nor is helping someone to cheat. Work submitted is taken as a guarantee that it is the student's own, except where properly credited to another. Violations include giving or receiving aid on an exam, report or project where otherwise prohibited, fraud, plagiarism or forgery of any record, or any deceptive act in connection with academic work.

Plagiarism is the representation of another's words, ideas, programs, formulas, opinions or other products of work as one's own either overtly or by failing to attribute them to the true source and is subject to disciplinary action as described under violations to the Syracuse University Code of Student Conduct.

Reading and Topic Outline:


DATETOPICREADING
Sept. 8 Perspective
Human Evolution & Development
Text, Ch. 1
History, Theory, & Research Strategies
Sept. 10 Contexts of Development Text, Ch. 1
History, Theory, & Research Strategies
Sept. 15 Genetics & Form Text, Ch. 2 - Biological & Environmental Foundations
Sept. 17 Prenatal Development Text, Ch. 3 - Prenatal Development, Birth, & the Newborn Baby
Sept. 22 The Newborn Film - Childbirth from the Inside
Sept. 24 Infancy & Toddlerhood - Physical Text, Ch. 4 - Physical Development in Infancy & Toddlerhood
Sept. 29 Language & Cognition Text, Ch. 5 - Cognitive Development in Infancy & Toddlerhood
Oct. 1 Language & Cognition Text, Ch. 5 - Cognitive Development in Infancy & Toddlerhood
Oct. 6 Freud: Oral & Anal Stages Text, Ch. 6 - Emotional & Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Oct. 8 Temperament & Attachment Text, Ch. 6 - Emotional & Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Oct. 13 Preschooler's Thinking Text, Ch. 7 - Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
Oct. 15 Freud: Oedipus Text, Ch. 8 - Social & Emotional Development in Early Childhood
Oct. 20 Morality and Gender Text, Ch. 8 - Social & Emotional Development in Early Childhood
Oct. 22 Midterm Exam
Oct. 27 Concrete Operations Text, Ch. 9 - Physical & Cogntive Development in Early Childhood
Oct. 29 Emotions & Understanding Others Text, Ch. 10 - Emotional & Social Development in Middle Childhood
Nov. 3 Puberty Text, Ch. 11 - Physical & Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Nov. 5 Achieving Identity Text, Ch. 12 - Emotional Development in Adolescence
Nov. 10 Achieving Identity Text, Ch. 12 - Emotional Development in Adolescence
Nov. 12 Relationships & Lifestyles Text, Ch. 14 - Emotional & Social Development in Early Adulthood
Nov. 17 Puberty Text Ch. 13 - Physical & Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Nov. 19 Identity Text Ch. 14 - Social & Emotional Development in Adolescence
Nov. 24 Identity Text Ch. 14 - Social & Emotional Development in Adolescence
Nov. 26 Adulthood Text, Ch. 16 - Emotional & Social Development in Middle Adulthood
Dec. 1 Physical Aging Text, Ch. 17 - Physical & Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
Dec. 3 Ego Integrity vs. Despair Text, Ch. 18 - Emotional & Social Development in Late Adulthood
Dec. 8 Holiday
Dec. 10 Death, Dying & Lethal Behavior Text, Ch. 19 - Death, Dying & Bereavement
Dec. 12-16Final Exam