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Adult Development
ADULT DEV
CLASS CODE: PSYCH 322 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: PSYCHOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Cognitive, social, physical and personality development during adulthood.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS:
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Understand adult development and explain what adult developmentalists study.
2. Know the period of adulthood and the ways in which age my be characterized.
3. Know the influence of heredity and environment on adult development and aging.
4. Define the major influences on adult development and aging including normative age-graded influences, normative history-graded influences, and nonnormative life events.
5. Define Bronfenbrenner's five levels of environmental influence described in his ecological approach to development.
6.Recognize the role of cross-cultural research in explaining adult development and aging.
7. Discuss the images of aging in relation to culture and the shifting demographics of the middle-aged and aging adult population.
8.Gain insights on ageism and the origins and perpetuation of aging stereotypes.
9. Know the differences in economic development and concerns faced by developed and developing nations in caring for older adults.
10. Know the concept of productive aging as described by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999.
11. Explain metatheoretical perspectives and research methods.
12. Gain insights into longevity and physiological aging.
13. Know health and body systems and how they are affected in the aging process.
14. Explore memory, intelligence, creativity, mature thought, wisdom, and moral intelligence of the elderly.
15. Review education, work, leisure and retirement in adulthood.
16. Understand intimate relationships, lifestyles, mature kinship ties and living arrangements in adulthood.
17. Learn personality development, mental health, coping, and adjustment to aging.
18. Gain understanding and appreciation of death and the bereavement process.
REQUIREMENTS: To become knowledgeable of pertinent material through objective tests, literature search, self-reports and class discussions.
PREREQUISITES: Psych 111
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001