PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology • 5 Cr.


Presents research and theories regarding human growth and change across the life span. Students explore factors that affect psychosocial, cognitive, and physical development from psychological and socio-cultural perspectives. May require participation in projects. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify and explain the issues involved in the scientific study of human development across the lifespan, from conception through death, through the interaction of biological, psychological, and social aspects of human development across the lifespan. 
  • Distinguish between the contributions of influential theorists in developmental psychology, such as ?Piaget, Ainsworth, Kohlberg, Bronfenbrenner, Vygotsky, Arnett, and Erikson. 
  • Relate course materials to a personal perspective on human developmental experiences, as well as learn how to test theories using qualitative and quantitative research methods. 
  • Identify and critically reflect on the variability and diversity of developmental pathways, and their own embeddedness in social, cultural, and political contexts. 
  • Apply knowledge of cross-cultural research to developmental differences across the life span.