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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2009

PSY 304 • Intro to Child Psychology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43017 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
NOA 1.116

Course Description

In this course you will be expected to learn the fundamentals of human development throughout the lifespan, with an emphasis on what happens to the body, the brain, and behavior in utero, infancy, early childhood, and adolescence. By the end of the course, you should have a firm understanding and strong ability to communicate to others the differences and similarities between major theories of human development, whether it be social, cognitive, or biological development. Specific topics include stereotyping, emotional regulation, aggression, and perceptions of physical attractiveness.

Grading Policy

Four examinations will be given during the semester, including a comprehensive final during finals week. All tests will count toward the final grade, though you do have the ability to make-up missed test. All exams will include multiple-choice and short essay questions and will cover material from the text, lectures, and films. Emphasis is given to improved course performance over time, therefore each test will be worth more points than the previous.

In addition, students are required to write a paper on how the various ways a child can develop (physically, emotionally, cognitively, etc.) might interact to produce specific outcomes in adulthood. The paper will be turned in for multiple drafts through the semester, but only graded once at the end.


Siegler, R., DeLoache, J., & Eisenberg, N. (2006). How Children Develop (2nd Edition). New York: Worth Publishers.


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