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PSY 210 - Child Psychology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: PSY 101  

This course is a study of the child’s physical/biological, cognitive and psychosocial growth under a variety of environmental conditions. Topics include theories of development, physical/biological development, cognitive development and theories of personality formation, normal and abnormal development.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the physical, emotional, moral and intellectual developmental patterns of children.
  2. Explain the interrelatedness of the physical, emotional, moral and intellectual domains on the development of children.
  3. Analyze the role of cultural forces that interact with child development.
  4. Describe the educational challenges of children, including achievement.
  5. Describe mental illness of and therapy options for children.
  6. Explain the scientific method and various research methods used by researchers of children, including the ethical guidelines and implications of using children as subjects in research.
  7. Compare and contrast gender identity development and the role that it plays in children’s overall development.
  8. Describe the process of moral development in children.
  9. Explain the issues relevant to peer relationships and conflict between and among children.
  10. Describe some basic skills in relating to children.
  11. Describe the influence of parents and the effects and outcomes of various parenting styles.
  12. Explain various effective discipline approaches.
  13. Analyze the value of children in several cultures.
Listed Topics
  1. Historical perspective on child psychology
  2. Research methods
  3. Biological processes and physical development
  4. Cognitive development and social cognition
  5. Information processing and intelligence
  6. Family relationships, parenting styles and types of discipline
  7. Peers: friendships and conflicts
  8. School, educational problems and solutions
  9. Culture
  10. Self and identity development
  11. Gender
  12. Sexuality
  13. Moral development and values
  14. Achievement
  15. Atypical development and treatment and therapy
  16. Health, stress and coping
Reference Materials
Currently recognized texts, video, internet resources, handouts and library resources.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019
Last Reviewed: 3/12/2020

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