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

Fall 2009

PSY 304 • Intro to Child Psychology - Legare

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43980 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
NOA 1.124

Course Description

The primary goal of this course is to examine the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of infants, children, and adolescents, and the various factors (e.g., genetics, parenting, peer groups, schooling, and the media) that influence development. Prominent theories of child development and research methods used in developmental psychology are reviewed. Specific topics that are covered include: aggression, attachment, gender roles, language development, moral development, cognitive development, culture, and school achievement. The implications of course content for child-rearing, education, and social policy will also be discussed.

Grading Policy

Three exams and a final will be given. The top three test scores will count toward the final grade, (i.e., each student's lowest exam score will be dropped). All exams will consist of 40 multiple-choice problems, be non-comprehensive and will cover material from the text, lectures, and films. The three exams will contribute equally to the course grade and the total =120 points. Two papers on topics related to child development (3-4 pages, 25 points each) Total = 170 points.


Siegler, DeLoache, & Eisenberg: How Children Develop, 2nd Edition.


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