INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
(HUM DEV 210)
Instructor: Dr. Fergus Hughes
Professor, Human Development and Psychology
Office: MAC 309
Office Hours: WF: 11:00-12:00; TR: 8:30-10:30; Other times by appointment
Sigelman, C. K. & Rider, E. A. (2003). Life-Span Human Development, (4th edition). Thomson/Wadsworth Publishing Company.
The topic of this course is the development of the human being from conception to death, from a psychological, sociological, biological, and anthropological perspective. Because it is an introductory course, I assume that you’ve had no previous course work in the area, although all of you have had direct personal experience with the subject matter.
Students are required to read the assigned chapters in the textbook, attend class regularly, and take the exams on the dates scheduled. You’ll notice on the reading schedule below that a couple of the chapters have not been assigned. I also hope you’ll feel comfortable contributing to class discussions, or at least asking questions in class.
My class presentations will be in the form of Power Point slides. Students often ask to have copies of these class lecture notes, and they are available to you on my website. Go to www.uwgb.edu/hughesf which is my home page. Then scroll down to where I list the courses I currently teach and click on Hum Dev 210 - Introduction to Human Development. That will bring up this syllabus. Click on the lecture topic and the PowerPoint slides for that topic will appear as web pages. If you want to print the lecture notes, expand the outline by clicking the little box near the bottom of the page, then print "only the selected frame".
CLASS ATTENDANCE IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED. The availability of notes online is to help you appreciate the lectures, and not to substitute for the lectures themselves. I will take attendance on ten different occasions (at random) and you will receive 5 points for each time you are present, for a possible total of 50 points, and this will count for 25% of your grade.
Each of the three examinations in the course will count for 25% of the final grade, and they will not be cumulative. That is, the final exam will cover only the last third of the course rather than going back to the beginning. Exams will consist of multiple-choice questions. If you have a legitimate reason for missing an exam, you must obtain my permission in advance in order to make arrangements for a make-up.
Topic Reading Assignment
Theories of Human Development Chapter 2
Genes, Environment, and Development Chapter 3
Prenatal Development and Birth Chapter 4
The Physical Self Chapter 5
FIRST EXAMINATION (October 10th)
Perception Chapter 6
Cognition Chapter 7
Memory and Information Processing Chapter 8
Intelligence and Creativity Chapter 9
Language and Education Chapter 10
Self and Personality Chapter 11
SECOND EXAMINATION (November 14th)
Gender Roles and Sexuality Chapter 12
Social Cognition and Moral Development Chapter 13
Attachment and Social Relationships Chapter 14
The Family Chapter 15
Death and Dying Chapter 17
(Wednesday, December 17th, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.)