Theories of Developmental Psychology

PSY 727S

Examine worldviews and assumptions that underlie theories in developmental psychology; discuss the philosophical and historical foundations for key ideas and theories in the study and understanding of human development, take on the perspectives of key historical figures in developmental psychology; understand how change and development have been conceptualized over the history of the field; debate ongoing controversies in the field such as nature-nurture, continuity-discontinuity, universal-culturally specific development; explore the link among theoretical perspectives, research methodologies and data interpretation. Permission of instructor required.

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