What made you who you are? How do you see yourself changing in the future? How do your decisions influence your own life and the lives of others? Human development is brought to life in this course through the use of online simulations and engaging class discussions and activities. You will raise a "virtual child" from birth to age 18 to see the effects of your parenting decisions over time. From infancy through elderhood, we will explore the biological, psychological, and social influences that shape who we become.
This human development course is organized chronologically from infancy to elderhood, with each class period reflecting a new stage of life. The importance and interconnectedness of biopsychosocial development across all life stages is emphasized. Students are encouraged to thoughtfully apply the material to their own experiences--past, present, and future. Varied modes of instruction are used in addition to lecture, including an online virtual simulation, class debates and discussions, small group activities. Students' understanding of developmental concepts will be enhanced through a peer-reviewed lifespan portfolio project that ties the course material directly to the students' personal experiences. There is no formal text for this course; rather, we will read and discuss the short novel, Tuesdays with Morrie.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
• Critically evaluate the role of biological, psychological, and social influences for human development.
• Distinguish between developmental tasks achieved at each stage of life.
• Explain how development at each life stage builds upon prior life stages.
• Identify the biopsychosocial influences that affected their own personal growth and development.
Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences, offering over 200 non-credit courses, one- to four-weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.Visit Program Page Learn How to Apply