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For everyone’s health and safety, Summer Session will not host students on campus for residential programs this summer. Many of our courses will be taught remotely online so that you can still explore your intellectual interests, gain insight into college life, and be a part of our distinctive learning community. We hope you will join us online this summer! Our Summer Session team is here to help via email at summersession@uchicago.edu.

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Developmental Psychology: Theories and Techniques

Program(s): Immersion

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  In just a few short years, infants go from helpless beings who cannot even hold their heads up to walking, talking, thinking people who are able to understand complex games, infer intentions in others, and even engage in reflexive thought (i.e., thinking about thinking). In this class, we will explore this transition by studying major theories of developmental psychology, examining how the mind (and correspondingly, the brain) changes from infancy through adolescence. We will focus on primary empirical sources investigating the development and integration of perceptual, cognitive, and social skills. Lecture and discussion will emphasize the complex interplay between biological, psychological, and sociocultural elements throughout the life span in domains such as language, emotions, morality, and intelligence. Students will develop and execute their own experimental research projects in small groups. This course will be a combination of pre-recorded video lectures as well as live Zoom discussion groups and meetings.

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade

Program

Immersion

Start Date

June 22

End Date

July 09

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Katherine O'Doherty

Secondary Instructor

Academic Interest

Human Body
Psychology and Neuroscience
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

PSYC 21650 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration

9:00

3:00 PM

Session

Session I

Course Length

3 weeks