PS3136 Positive Development and Social Advocacy for Infants and Children

This course is designed to increase students’ awareness and understanding of child development from conception up until puberty. The class reviews knowledge drawn from major theories, relevant bodies of research and lessons learned from practice settings. Students learn how numerous biological, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual factors interact to influence child development. Particular attention is given to the powerful influence of families and the bidirectional influences between child and parent. Students also explore how various contextual factors promote or inhibit children’s well being, and how child development specialists and other professionals can advocate for the promotion of healthy development in light of these influences.