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

Fall 2003

PSY 333R • Social Development in Children-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41075 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
NOA 1.102

Course Description

The course will focus on four fundamental issues in social development. Each issue will be illustrated by lectures, discussions, and readings from a major topic in social development. The issue of Nature/Nurture will be illustrated by research on the topic of parenting: Do parents determine child outcomes? One view (nature) says, no; the other (nurture) says yes. The second and related issue reviews the relative roles of early vs. later experiences in social development and will be illustrated by research in early attachment and what early attachments predict about later development. The third and related issue, Direction of Causality (who socializes whom?), will review research on the topic of child temperament and how temperament might influence the reactions of parents and peers. The fourth issue, domain coupling and interactions (how does cognitive development influence social development and vice versa?) and multiple causality, will review research on the topic of aggression and how faulty information processing is correlated with aggressive behavior in children. We will examine the issue of multiple causality in development by discussing research on single vs. multiple influences on development for all these topics.

Grading Policy

A series of “reaction” papers (1 page each) A term paper broken down into several steps and due at various points in the semester Mid-term and final exams Class participation Weights of each assignment to be determined


Readings: All readings on content will original, primary journal articles available on ERes. Texts: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001). Fifth Ed. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. Gelfand, H., Walker, C.J., & APA (2002). Mastering APA Style: Student's workbook and training guide. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. Reed, J.G. & Baxter, P.M. Library use: Handbook for Psychology (2003). American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.


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