10493 Developmental Psychology

Credits: 4 intermediate credits in Psychology

Prerequisites: none

Recommended: Introduction to Psychology

The course is based on a translation of Child Development: Its Nature and Course (3rd ed.) by L.A. Sroufe, R.G. Cooper and G.B. DeHart (McGraw Hill, 1996), with additions from the 5th ed. (2004); two articles: “The Separation-Individuation Process” (Margaret Mahler), by A. Nof (2010); “Attachment” (John Bowlby), by H. Appleman (2010); and a recorded lecture on attachment.

The course is divided into periods: infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Cognitive, social and emotional development in each period is discussed. The course presents theories and research findings; it focuses, among others, on two theories that describe early development: Bowlby’s Attachment Theory and Mahler’s Separation-Individuation Theory.