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COURSE NUMBER: PSYC 352
COURSE TITLE: Adult Development and Aging
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Harry Van Belle
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the psychology of human development and change from early adulthood to death. Specifically, development is considered chronologically in the sequence of early, middle and late adulthood. Along with the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, moral and religious changes that occur in these years, we will also examine developmental responses to the challenges of changing careers, family structures, social tasks, psychological functions and faith commitments.

Students with credit in PSYC 350 cannot receive credit in PSYC 352.

Prerequisites: EDUC 363 or PSYC 351
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Van Belle, H.A. (2012) Intergeneration Lost and Found why suits and skirts don’t talk with jeans, why they should and how they can, Edmonton AB: Legacy Press
  • Vaillant, G. E. (2002). Aging Well. Boston, MA: Little Brown.
  • Van Belle, H.A. 1992 "Adulthood and the Development of Lived Religion", in Leroy Aden, David G. Benner and J. Harold Ellens (eds.) Christian Perspectives in Human Development, Grand Rapids, Baker Bookhouse, p.53-64. (available on Moodle)
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:

100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • To have students gain an understanding and appreciation of the effects of development and change on the life of adults.
  • To have students explore the life stories of adults at different stages of their life and in this way provide them with information on what their own future may look like.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Jan 7        Introduction to the course                                   Intergeneration Lost and Found
  • Jan. 11     Course assignments
    • Stage/age description project
    • Life story project
    • Research paper
  • Jan. 13     Interviewing  principles
  • Jan. 16-28     Overview of Adult Development and Aging                   Aging Well: chpts. 1-6
  • Emerging Adulthood (18-29)
    • Jan. 30       Lecture: Emerging Adulthood concept
    • Feb. 1        Lecture: focus on identity and generational differences
    • Feb. 4        Lecture: focus on intergeneration and mentorship
    • Feb. 6        Discussion: what’s wrong/right with this picture?
    • Feb. 8……Discussion: answering the survey.  e.a. profile
  • Week of Feb. 10: Practicum:  Interviewing: for stage and life stories
  • Week of Feb. 17: Reading week: work on research paper
  • Young Adulthood (30-44)
    • Feb.27       Lecture: making it in love: cohabitation, marriage, family
    • March 1    Lecture  making it in work: career development………Life Story project due
    • March 4    Presentations
    • March 6…Presentations and y.a. profile……………
  • March 8   Midterm: Content: Intergeneration, Aging Well chpts. 1-6, lecture
  • Middle Adulthood (45-59)………………………………………..Aging well chpts. 7-9
    • March 11…Lecture: arriving and mentoring
    • March 13    Lecture: the sandwiched generation
    • March.15…Lecture: old age is a middle aged problem……………. Research paper due
    • March 18...Middle Adulthood: events, tasks and relationships
    • March 20…Presentation
    • March 22…Presentation
    • March 25…Presentation and m.a. profile
  • Later Adulthood, Young Old (60-74)
  • Later Adulthood,  Old Old  (75-90)
    • March 27  The Later Years: retirement                                         Aging Well chpts. 10-12
    • April 3       Lecture: young old: the activity theory
    • April 5       Lecture: old old: the disengagement theory
    • April 8……Presentation
    • April 10…..Presentation
    • April 12…..Lecture: I am not your grandpa
    • April 15      Presentation and senior profile
    • April 17…..Grieving and Funerals
    • April 19…..Dying and Death
  • FINAL(possible take-home): Lectures, Aging Well chpts. 7-12, reflections on the course


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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