Developmental Psychology (PSY 320)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Junko Kanero,
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PSY201 SPS102
Formal lecture
Communicative,Discussion based learning
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A comprehensive overview of contemporary developmental science, studying the contribution of a developmental perspective (changes with age) to major questions in the field of psychology, such as thinking, memory, self etc. Recurring themes would be continuity vs discontinuity of development, and nature-nurture sources of development. Research discussions include both classic and current studies within the field. Consideration is given both to biological and cultural influences on development.


To teach an overview of many of the important aspects of child development. This includes the development of cognition, language, temperament, personality, and social development etc. In doing so, we will highlight important mechanisms underlying this change, current debates within the field, and also the relevance of this work for parenting and social policy. Students are expected to know the major theoretical perspectives, the controversies, and how the research within an area addresses those theoretical and controversial issues.


  • Students will have knowledge of major theories and concepts in developmental psychology.
  • Students will know the basics of research methods used to explore cognitive, social, and motor development.
  • Students will have the ability to utilize theories and concepts in various circumstances, including real-world scenarios.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 5

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 5

1. Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the workings of human mind and behavior, and use this understanding to advance psychological theory, research and applications. 4

2. Analyze psychological phenomena critically and provide constructive analysis at the individual and the societal levels, and integrate with the professional life. 5

3. Consume and provide input for psychological literature by demonstrating proficiency in research design, methods, and statistical analyses, computing skills, and ethical standards; and develop a habit of expressing these with advanced oral and written skills; share in national and international platforms. 4


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 35
Quiz 20
Participation 5



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