CPY 4230-Lifespan Development (3)
This course provides an analysis of major approaches to the study of human developmental issues from infancy to old age including the effects of developmental issues on individuals, couples, and family relationships as well as the psychological, psychotherapeutic, and health implications of developmental issues and their effects. The course reviews specific family life events and the psychological implications of developmental milestones such as childbirth, childrearing, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, marriage, divorce, career, blended families, parenting, aging and long-term care, and geropsychology. Fulfills BBS requirements for education on issues of aging and long-term care including biological, social, cognitive, and psychological aspects of aging including instruction on the assessment and reporting of, as well as treatment related to, elder and dependent adult abuse and neglect. An overview of the individual differences and biological, cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental factors that influence growth and development across the lifespan are provided including multicultural development; cross cultural interaction; and a variety of cultural understandings of human development including the understanding of human behavior within: the social context of socioeconomic status and other contextual issues affecting social position; the social context of a representative variety of the cultures found within California; and the understanding of the impact that personal and social insecurity, social stress, low educational levels, inadequate housing, and malnutrition have on human development. Includes BBS mandates for human growth and development across the lifespan, including normal and abnormal behavior, understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior, with a focus on clinical utility.

Through reading and critical thinking, discussion, addressing issues in groups, preparation of papers and projects, transferring conceptualizations into visual form, students will demonstrate an ability to identify a breadth of current developmental issues, think critically and problem solve together, gather and apply data accurately and swiftly, and share findings with sensitivity and clarity, all in the interest of further understanding the dynamics of human maturation and development.