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

Fall 2008

PSY 333D • Intro to Developmental Psych

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44188 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
NOA 1.126

Course Description

This course is meant to provide advanced introduction to the study of developmental psychology from conception through adolescence. Within each of the stages of development (i.e., infancy, early childhood, etc.), topics pertaining to physical growth, cognitive development, and social-emotional development will be reviewed. Theories, controversies, and relevant research in the field will also be discussed.

Grading Policy

Final grades: Final course grades are based on: (1) the best three scores of the four exams (three during the semester and the optional cumulative final exam; 100 points each) and (2) two child observation papers (75 points). Exams: There will be three non-cumulative midterm exams and one (optional) cumulative final exam. Exams will include material presented in the assigned reading, class lectures, and any supplemental materials covered in class. Exams will consist of multiple choice, matching, and true/false items. Writing assignments: During this course, you will be required to view two child observation video and write a brief paper that demonstrates your understanding of the developmental concepts reflected in each of the videos viewed.


Siegler, R., DeLoache, J. & Eisenberg, N. (2003). How Children Develop, Second Edition (text, required). Worth Publishers, New York, NY. Siegler, R., DeLoache, J. & Eisenberg, N. (2003). How Children Develop, First Edition (study guide, recommended). Worth Publishers, New York, NY. Additional readings will be posted online


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