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PSYC 308 Child Psychology

This course provides an overview of the science of child psychology. Major theories and research related to a child's perceptual, motor, emotional, social and cognitive development are reviewed, and their practical applications are explored. Overlap: PSYC 308T Child Psychology Theory Seminar.


Special information

Overlap: PSYC 308T Child Psychology Theory Seminar.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Apply new knowledge to the interpretation of observed child behavior.
  • Critically evaluate major theories, issues and research findings in the field.
  • Identify major theories, and research methods appropriate to the field of child psychology.
  • Understand diverse child-rearing practices, social expectations and cultural settings and their influences on physical, social and emotional development.
  • Understand major developmental concepts and issues such as maturation, intelligence and the influences of heredity and environment on development.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.