General Psychology

Purpose

This foundational course covers human development from a selected number of psychological theoretical perspectives. By development, we refer to “patterns of growth and change that occur in human beings between conception and death,” (Woolfolk & Perry, 2012, p. 4). For the purposes of this course, we follow human physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth from infancy to adulthood. Using the biopsychosocial approach, we study the maturation of human beings to better understand how both nature and nurture affect behavioral, cultural and cognitive trajectories. Finally in studying both continuity and change that occurs as we develop, major issues, controversies and cross-cultural perspectives are discussed.

Reflection

I taught this course for the first time in 2015. I was hesitant to teach it since I was not a developmental psychologist. Also, I had a cursory introduction to developmental psychology in my graduate program when we learned about child and adolescent cognitive abilities. However, the textbook that I chose proved to facilitate my teaching with precise examples of how development was theorized by the psychologists to modern day situations. A concept students found fascinating was attachment with research conducted by Konrad Lorenz, Harry Harlow, John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. They recognized that if they had endured secure attachments with both parents, they would have been better prepared for challenges they face in their present day as adolescents and young adults. I witnessed that as well as their instructor that my secure attachments with both parents shaped the quality of my relationships. I see that I still learning how to love. And my students' experiences mold my impressions of the facets I understand as healthy and critical to my early development.

Syllabus

This is my syllabus for the course. If you need a copy, please contact me.

Evaluations

Here is the link to the evaluation for this class for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015. Here is the observation by faculty at the institution.

Reference

Woolfolk, A. & Perry, N. E. (2012). Child and Adolescent Development. New York, NY: Pearson