PS252 – Child Development

Students will examine development from conception through childhood, including basic concepts and theories as applied to psychological processes of perception, cognition, social interactions, affective and moral development. Though the focus will be on traditional developmental topics, students will have the opportunity to explore the evolution of Irish perceptions of childhood and the structure of the family system during excursions in Dingle related to the course content. Particular attention will be given to the economic and social ramifications of the Celtic Tiger. The Celtic Tiger refers to the economic boom in Ireland during the mid 1990s that made it one of the richest countries in the world. The eventual economic collapse, circa 2008, impacted the lives of children and their families in various Irish communities. Emphasis on how changes to healthcare, technology, spirituality, children’s literature and the education system during this time will be discussed.