Capstone Mind & Behaviour: Perspectives on Human Development

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode UCGSS304
Vaknaam Capstone Mind & Behaviour: Perspectives on Human Development
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Capstone Mind & Behaviour: Perspectives on Human Development
Leerdoelen By the end of the course, students are able to:
- Describe the different theories of development and pioneering developmental theorists.
- Describe basic characteristics of development.
- Explain the difference between accurate and inaccurate accounts of how nature and nurture interact to bring about development.
- Explain basic mechanisms of development from a complex dynamic systems perspective.
- Describe differences between methodologies adopted in psychological research.
- Identify which methodologies are appropriateness for studying development.
- Apply theories of development and methods to concrete topics.
Omschrijving How and why do psychological constructs - such as emotions, cognitive skills, morality, personality, disorders, or relationships - actually change and develop across the lifespan? This course builds upon the knowledge gained in courses from the Mind & Behavior specialization at UCG by applying a developmental perspective. In this course, you will learn about different perspectives of what ‘development’ actually entails based on pioneering developmental theorists, and you will learn about the different mechanisms of development. Throughout the course, we will think critically about (misconceptions) regarding development versus stability in human minds, behavior, and culture. This will include: the role of nature and nurture in determining who we are and what we can(not) do, how exactly nature and nurture interact dynamically to bring about psychological stability and change, how active we are in controlling our own psychological development, and how research methods can and cannot be used to say something about how individual development takes place. We will practice using scientific evidence to debunk simplistic assumptions about human nature and development, reflect on developmental processes in our own lives, reflect on assumptions that we encounter in popular media and your previous UCG courses regarding the fundamental nature of psychological constructs, and we will apply principles of the complex dynamic systems approach to psychological constructs you have previously learned about.

At the end of the course, students will be able to integrate these aspects of the developmental perspective and to apply them to a domain of brain,
behavior, or culture of their choice.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Lecture, Study Group
Toetsvorm Assignments, Written Exam Essay Question
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. N.M.P. de Ruiter
Docent(en) dr. N.M.P. de Ruiter
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A collection of scientific articles and book chapters selected by the lecturer
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 3) - semester II b keuzegroep
Mind Machines and Morality  (Electives) - semester II b verplicht
Mind and Behaviour  (Compulsory) - semester II b verplicht