Summer 2006
Fully Enrolled

SCIE 655
Life-Span Development

Arsenio,William

06/26/2006 - 07/13/2006
Monday-Thursday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Science Tower 137

In this psychology course, we will study social and cognitive development across the life span. Topics include life-span attachment issues (e.g., early parent-child relationships); developmental psychopathology; distinctions between individual difference and psychopathology; normative and atypical emotional development; the development of self, identity, and personality; different approaches to cognitive functioning; gender, sexuality, and cultural issues in life-span development; social relations (peers, friends, school, work); late adulthood issues of aging and dying; and a general focus on the overall sources of developmental continuities and discontinuities.

We will read texts and selected articles in the field, including: M. Ainsworth and J. Bowlby, "An ethological approach to personality development," American Psychologist 46 (1991); R. Thompson, "The legacy of early attachments," Child Development 71 (2000); W. Arsenio et al., "Emotion-related abilities in depressed and non-depressed Latina mothers and their children," Development & Pschopathology 16 (2004); K. Bierman, Peer Rejection: Developmental Processes and Interventions Strategies; and W. Santrock, A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development.

Requirements include a take-home final exam, and a short (7-9 pages) paper. The paper will allow students to explore one of the many topics covered in class in more detail. The final will be a comprehensive take-home exam that covers the main themes discussed throughout the class. In addition to lectures and class discussions, we will also view some developmentally relevant movies (28 Up and 42 Up) and participate in-class projects that explore developmental themes.

This course may, by petition, count toward the Social Sciences concentration.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


William Arsenio (B.A. Brandeis University; M.A. University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. Stanford University) is head ot he Developmental Psychology Program at Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University. He is a prolific writer in his field, with 4 articles currently in press and another 16 published recently. He is also an active speaker, having presented 16 papers during the past 9 years. Click here for more information about William Arsenio.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
John W. Santrock, A TOPICAL APPROACH TO LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT (McGraw-Hill), Paperback

READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323

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