|SSY 240 - Developmental Psychology
examines the physiological and psychological factors in individual
from birth through adolescence. It includes a study of emotional and
disorders of children as well as principles of child guidance. Issues
battering, drug usage and discipline will be discussed. The course
cognitive, moral and personality development.
This course was difficult at the beginning. The professor taught mostly about science at the beginning. I was little bit confused and lost. Since I am not good at science, I did not do well on my mid-term. After mid-term, the lesson became more interesting, it talked more about personality trait. I learned about theorists like Piaget, Freud, and Erickson….I found that the most interesting for me was Erickson’s theory on the developmental stage. He explained how children grow in certain stages; what conflict they confront in certain stages and how children psychologically think about themselves and others and how this affects children's emotion. My favorite part of this class was the child custody role play project we did. The professor divided the class in 3 groups. One group was composed of "lawyers" who had to defend the father who was a responsible, respected citizen but mentally challenged. The other group was composed of "lawyers" who had to defend the mother who was an alcoholic, was in jail after the child was born but had filthy-rich parents who supported her. The mother was also deaf. The last group was the group of judges. Each lawyer and each judge had to pick one of the theorists and use the theory to defend the mother and against the father. Luckily and unfortunately, I was on the team of lawyers for the mother. I thought this was lucky because I thought I would learn a lot about the mother's condition. At the same time, I thought it was a little bit unfortunate because we had to work twice as hard than the father’s team. But it was good because I always like challenges. Both teams had to debate each other. Everyone acted like he/she was really a "lawyer" in the classroom. I have never done anything like this before; it was a fun and special experience for me. Some teammates did not prepare well, however, and the father’s team showed evidence of the mother as a substance-abuser. We lost the custody. If I could do this assignment again, I would want to be the team leader and I would make sure everyone is doing his/her part. I would also show evidence to debate the father. I learned so much from this project; I used the theories to apply to my life and I found it very helpful. The professor gave us an opportunity to learn outside the textbook.
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