Jan 28, 2023
PSYC 2045 - Adulthood, Aging and Death Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course presents an overview of the developmental tasks of adulthood, with particular reference to aging and death. It includes the study of the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of the aging process. Normal aspects of aging are contrasted with aging related to various diseases. Ethical, moral, and other contemporary issues associated with adulthood, aging, and death will be examined.
5 History/Social/Behavioral Science, 9 Ethical/Civic Responsibility
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1021 with a grade of C or higher.
Recommendation: PSYC 1020
- Introduction to basic terms, theories, theorists, and concepts related to adult development
- Scientific research methods and the ethical issues related to research in adult development
- Genetic, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial influences on adult development
- Philosophical and scientific models used for exploring the meaning(s) of life and death
- Development and deterioration of motor and physical skills and capabilities throughout one’s life
- Influences of sensation, perception, and learning on adult development
- Personality and emotional development throughout one’s adult life
- Cognitive and intellectual development throughout one’s adult life
- Social and moral development throughout one’s adult life
- Ethical and civic responsibility throughout one¿s adult life
- Ethical issues in adulthood, aging, and death
- The dying process across cultures
- Death and its many meanings
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- describe the scientific research methods used to study adult development, aging, death and dying.
- define theoretical perspectives that relate to adult development.
- compare and contrast the historical, and contemporary perspectives on adult development.
- apply theoretical perspectives to current issues related to adult development.
- analyze the effects of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that affect adult development
- identify different contexts within which adult development occurs.
- articulate the processes of death and dying.
- analyze their ethical views concerning a variety of developmental problems.
- apply ethical standards to contemporary adult issues.
- analyze the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in relation to ethical and civic responsibility.
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