PSYC 3507A: Social Development
|Office Location||Loeb B549|
|Office Hours||Thursday 11:30am-1:00pm or by appointment|
This course will examine how children interact socially with both peers and adults. We will explore issues of social development from various theoretical perspectives. Heavy emphasis will be given to current research on the origins, predictors, correlates and outcomes of social behaviours from infancy through to adolescence. Lectures will cover both normal social development as well as deviations in development such as reactive attachment disorder, conduct disorder, & social phobia. Current topics that impact on children’s social development such as parental mental health problems, divorce and spousal abuse are also discussed. The lectures in this course are heavily based on current research and will complement and supplement the information provided in the required readings. It is expected that you will have read the required readings prior to coming to class.
1. Research Critique (50%):
- Reference List (5%)
- Article Summary (10%)
- One-page Outline (10%)
- Final Research Critique (25%)
2. 2 Term Test (20% x 2=40%)
a. Essay in format. Preparation exam questions are provided throughout the term. Several of these questions will appear on the exam.
3. Web-based Discussion Group (10%) – completed throughout the term.
No assigned textbook. Assigned readings will be from Research Journals available through the Carleton University library website.
|Instructor||Dr. Kavita Prakash|
|Office Hours||Wednesdays 5 – 6pm (by appointment)|
This course will build on foundations established in introductory developmental psychology and explore in more detail the subject of social development, concentrating on the developmental lifespan from infancy through to adolescence. Theories, methods, findings and ways of thinking about social development will be emphasized, along with practical applications and interventions. Classes will meet weekly, for a combination of lecture and class discussion.
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There is no required textbook for this class. Readings will be posted on cuLearn.