Instructor: Laurence E. Heglar, PhD
Office hours: By appointment.
Meeting times: Tuesday & Thursday, 15:00-16:15
Location: Room 302
Mobil phone: 676.406.071
Web page: http://www.institutobios.org
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:
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.
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.
Human Evolution & Development
|Readings: Gould, S.J. - A Matter of Degree and
The Child as Father to the Man
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|
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. 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. 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. 9||Compromised Development||Text, Ch. 15 - Developmental Psychopathology|
|Dec. 13-17||Final Exams|