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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Summer 2006

PSY f341K • Controversial Issues in Development

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
87980 MTWThF
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
RLM 5.120
Repp

Course Description

This course explores a set of questions in developmental psychology that are currently under dispute. Rather than memorizing a set of facts about development, students will encounter opposing viewpoints. The issues under investigation have no "right" answer to memorize. Instead, students will examine the evidence that opposing camps offer for their positions. In the course of this analysis students should also become more familiar with the many ways that developmental psychologists go about answering basic questions such as: Is nature or nurture more important for developmental outcome? Or, Is it more accurate to describe change as continuous or as discontinuous? The topics may include: " Daycare and developmental outcome " Stem cell Research " Effects of Divorce on Developmental Outcome " Gay and lesbian Foster Parenting " Single sex schools " Juvenile Justice Procedures " Sex education programs in the schools " Physician-assisted Suicide These topics address a range of developmental periods and crosscut domains of social, cognitive and biological processes.

Grading Policy

Students' performance will be evaluated via quizzes worth 40% of the total course grade, class participation worth 12% of the total course grade (including small group discussion, discussion questions, online discussion board), class presentations worth 16% of the total course grade, and written work worth 32% of the total course grade (including summary of class presentation topic and 6 worksheets on course topics).

Texts

Reading packet will be available at local copy shop.

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