|Course Type||Course Code||No. Of Credits|
|Foundation Core||SES 201105||4|
Semester and Year Offered: 1st Semester (Monsoon Semester 2019)
Course Coordinator and Team: Dr. Shivani Nag
Email of course coordinator: email@example.com
Aim and objectives of the course: This course aims to introduce students to methods and theories that will help them understand child and adolescent development. An introduction to major theoretical frameworks, current issues of concern and debates in child development will provide the context to an overview of the extensive theoretical and empirical work in the different aspects of development – physical, cognitive, language and socio-emotional. Students will also be familiarized with the cultural and contextual concerns that have emerged in recent decades and which pose a challenge to mainstream psychology. A critical perspective will thus be introduced by analysing the universal descriptions of development from a socio-cultural perspective and begin to understand the developmental pathways and the forces that influence the trajectory.
At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Unit 1- Understanding Child Development: Issues and debates
This unit focuses on ‘what is development’- its’ domains, stages of development and context. It examines the nature-nurture debate and also draws linkages between the cultural and biological evolution of humans. It discusses human culture, tools of the culture and processes through which it is inherited by children. It also briefly describes ways in which individual’s genetic endowment gets expressed in physical and psychological characteristics/ traits.
Unit 2- Theories of Development
This unit focuses on the psychological theories of development and aims to enable students engage with how the different theories of development address development in various domains, at various stages and also the interactions that happen across domains and stages. The key approaches/theories studied will be: Behaviourism and social learning theory; Psychoanalytic perspective (works of Freud &Erikson) & Bowlby’s Attachment Theory; Piaget’s Cognitive Development Theory; Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory; Ecological Systems Theory; Theories of Moral development
Unit 3- Methods of studying development
This unit will focus on development research focusing on design, methods of research and ethics of doing research with children and adolescents.
Unit 4 –Infancy and Early childhood
This unit will cover the developmental aspects of socio-emotional and cognitive aspects for children between age group 0-2 years.
Unit 5 Middle childhood & Adolescence
This unit focuses on the development of children during middle childhood years, their experiences in the school, their relationships with peers and adults, socialization processes and their sense of self and identity. This unit also focuses on the biological changes that occur during this period and its effects on the child’s ability to function. The physical, cognitive and social emotional development of adolescents will be discussed with reference to existing theories and research.
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