CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
PY 370
Course Syllabus
Schiller International University in Madrid - Fall 2004

Instructor: Laurence E. Heglar, PhD
Office hours: By appointment.
Meeting times: Tuesday & Thursday, 15:00-16:15
Location: Room 302
E-mail: lheglar@schillermadrid.edu
Mobil phone: 676.406.071
Web page: http://www.institutobios.org

Course Description:

This course, the Psychology of Childhood, will focus on that portion of our lives that begins with conception and continues through the teen years. At present the study of infancy and childhood is in an exciting new phase as new research methods and perspectives are helping us discover more about children's capacities and potentials. We will be examining the major developmental perspectives, what happens prior to and just after birth, the development of thinking and language, the child's personality, early social relationships with peers and the family, and atypical patterns of development.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the general development of the normal child up to and including adolescence.
  • Explain research techniques used in observing such development.
  • Be able to compare the major theories of child development.
  • Discuss characteristics of children whose development does not follow the normal pattern.
Basic Text: DeHart, G.B., Sroufe, L.A., Cooper, R.G. (2000). Child Development: It's Nature and Course (5th Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Readings: Extra readings will be provided as photocopies.

Online syllabus: This syllabus is online at http://personales.jet.es/lheglar/courses.htm. Students should check frequently for updates and assigned internet websites and downloads.

Grading:
The grading for this course will be based on two exams and a term paper.

Exams: The two exams, a midterm and a final, will consist of multiple choice, essay, and application questions. Each exam will include only the course material covered since the previous exam. Each exam will be worth one third of the student's final grade.

Term paper: The term paper will be one third of the student's final grade. It will be typed and between 8 and 15 pages in length. Possible topics will be discussed by the instructor in class. The paper will be due on Dec. 2. The paper grade will be marked down one complete grade for every day it is late. A good starting point for web sites related to psychology is the Psychology Reference Web Page on this web site. (http://personales.jet.es/lheglar/psych.htm).
Documenting sources from the World Wide Web - MLA Style

Attendance: Attendance is expected at Schiller International University. Any unexcused absence over 3, after a student appears on the class list as registered for the course, 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.). Only medical excuses will be accepted, accompanied by a note from the physician.

Course Outline:

DATETOPICREADING
Sept. 7 Perspective
Human Evolution & Development
Readings: Gould, S.J. - A Matter of Degree and
The Child as Father to the Man
Sept. 9 Perspective
Regulative principles and models
Text, Ch. 1 - The Nature of Development
Sept. 14 Research Methods Text, Ch. 1 - The Nature of Development
Sept. 16 The Contexts of Development Text, Ch. 2 - The Contexts of Development
Sept. 21 The Proper Role of Genes Text, Ch. 3 - Heredity and Prenatal Development
Sept. 23 Prenatal Development Text, Ch. 3 - Heredity and Prenatal Development
Sept. 28 Birth Film
Text, Ch. 4 - First Adaptations
Sept. 30 The Neonate Text, Ch. 4 - First Adaptations
Oct. 5 Establishing connections Reading: Sander, Issues in early mother-child interaction
Oct. 7 Temperament, Attachment & Oral Behavior Text, Ch. 6 - Infant Social & Emotional Development
Oct. 12 Holiday
Oct. 14 Midterm Exam
Oct. 19 The Oral Period
Intro to Freud
Text, Ch. 6 - Infant Social & Emotional Development
Oct. 21 Infant Cognitive Development
Intro to Jean Piaget
Text Ch. 5 - Infant Cognitive Development
Oct. 26 The "terrible twos" - Moving toward independence Fraiberg: Toilet Training (.pdf file)
Text, Ch. 8 - Toddler Social and Emotional Development
Oct. 28 Communicating Text, Ch. 7 - Toddler Language and Thinking
Nov. 2 Communicating Text, Ch. 7 - Toddler Language and Thinking
Nov. 4 Self-reliance & identity Freiberg, The Magic Years - About the Oedipal Complex (.pdf file)
Identification (.pdf file) and Text, Ch. 10 - Social & Emotional Development in Early Childhood
Nov. 9 Holiday
Nov. 11 Reasoning and understanding others Text, Ch. 9 - Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
Nov. 16 The Early School Years Text, Ch. 12 - Social & Emotional Development in Middle Childhood
Nov. 18 Defenses Text, Ch. 12 - Social & Emotional Development in Middle Childhood
Nov. 20 Adolescence - Physical Change
Make-up day for Dec. 7
Text, Ch. 13 - Physical & Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Nov. 23 Adolescence - Cognitive Change Text, Ch. 13 - Physical & Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Nov. 25 Adolescence Social Change Text, Ch. 14 - Social and Emotional Development in Adolescence
Nov. 30 Adolescence - Emotional Change Text, Ch. 14 - Social and Emotional Development in Adolescence
Dec. 2 Compromised Development Text, Ch. 15 - Developmental Psychopathology
Dec. 7 Holiday
Dec. 9 Compromised Development Text, Ch. 15 - Developmental Psychopathology
Dec. 13-17 Final Exams