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PSY BC 1127 and 1129Developmental PsychologySpring 2003Professor Ann SenghasOffice: 415-G MilbankPhone: 854-0115Email: [email protected] hours: Wednesday 4:15-5:30, or by appointment.Class Lecture: MW 2:40-3:55, Milbank 405Labs: T 1:00-4:00 or W 9:00-12:00, Milbank 410Readings:Developmental Psychology, 6th Edition by David R. Shaffer. Wadsworth (2002).This text is available at Labyrinth bookstore, 526 West 112th Street.Additional readings, generally journal articles, will be posted on the CourseWorks website.Course Objectives:Developmental Psychology examines the changes we undergo as we age. In this course, we willconsider development from conception, through childhood, into adolescence. At each stage, wewill examine biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial development, and their interaction. We willdiscuss what research has revealed about the development of human behavior and thought, andwe will consider the theories available that help us to understand the changes that have beenobserved.Students enrolled in the laboratory course will have the additional opportunity to learn directly howresearch in child development is conducted. You will be making observations of young children inthe Barnard Toddler center in Milbank Hall, and you will experimentally examine specific aspects oftheir development. In addition, you will develop your skills at writing a scientific research paper.The laboratory instructor is Professor Nim Tottenham.Be sure to read the assigned chapters before coming to class on each day listed in the schedulebelow.ChapterDate Lecture Topic Assigned Jan 22 Wed Syllabus distribution, assignment to labs27 Mon Thinking developmentally 129 Wed Developmental research methods 1Feb 03 Mon Theories of development 205 Wed From zygote to newborn 410 Mon External effects on early development 4 + articles12 Wed Cognitive development: Piaget and Vygotsky 717 Mon Cognitive development: current approaches 719 Wed Exam 124 Mon Emotional development 1126 Wed Attachment 11Mar 03 Mon Self-concept and Theory of Mind 1205 Wed Self-esteem 1210 Mon Accommodating atypical development 8: 269-27312 Wed Attention-deficit disorder video17 Mon Spring break19 Wed Spring break24 Mon The family environment 1526 Wed Parenting styles and their outcomes 6: 202-21531 Mon Exam 2Apr 02 Wed Early language: babbling and first words 1007 Mon Language development video video09 Wed The development of grammar 10 + articles14 Mon Sex differences in early development 1316 Wed Sex differences in maturity 1321 Mon The development of gender roles 1323 Wed Schools, peers, and socialization 16: 585-61728 Mon Sleep cycles and maturation articles30 Wed Reconsidering theories of development 17May 05 Mon Review and wrap-upweek of May 12 Final ExamGrading and Expectations:There will be three exams. The first two exams will not be cumulative; they will cover the material ofthe most recent topic sections. The final will include a cumulative section in addition to questionsabout the most recent topic sections. The exams will include a combination of short answer andmultiple choice questions. These will be drawn from the readings and from the class lectures,videos, and discussions. For the lecture portion of the course, the first two exams will each beworth 30% of your grade, and the final will be worth 40%. For students in the lecture course only(1129), these exams will constitute your final grade.For students enrolled in the laboratory course (1127), the above will constitute 2/3 of your grade;the additional one third will be determined by your grade in the laboratory component of thecourse. Lab students must be able to make 3 observations at the Toddler Center outside of labtime (Monday & Thursday or Tuesday & Friday mornings) in addition to attending all labs. It is notan option to take the lab only, or to drop the lab and remain in the lecture portion of the course.To compute your final grade:Lecture grade (for 1127, 2/3 of grade)Exam 1 30%Exam 2 30%Exam 3 40%If I have scheduled a class or exam on a day on which you will be unable to attend because of anyreligious observance, please speak to me early in the semester, so we can make alternativearrangements. Also, if you require accommodation for a specific disability, please inform theOffice for Disability Services, and speak with me by the close of the second class

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