Becoming You: Human Development Across the Lifespan

Course Description

This human development course is organized chronologically from infancy to elderhood, with each class period reflecting a new stage of life. The importance and interconnectedness of biological, psychological, social, and cultural influences on development across all life stages are emphasized. You will be encouraged to thoughtfully apply the material to your own experiences: past, present, and future.

Varied modes of instruction are used in addition to in-class lectures, including a web-based virtual simulation where you raise your own "virtual child." Your understanding of developmental concepts will be enhanced through peer-reviewed lifespan portfolio activities that tie the course material directly to the students' personal experiences. Students will get to know their classmates through reviewing their portfolio entries. There is no formal text for this course; instead, the class will read and discuss the short philosophical memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Critically evaluate the role of biological, psychological, social, and cultural influences for human development
• Identify developmental tasks achieved at each stage of life
• Explain how development at each life stage builds upon prior life stages

By identifying influences that affected your own personal growth and development, you will gain perspectives applicable to future life decisions.


There are no formal prerequisites to this course. Students are expected to have a willingness to engage in discussions with peers, openness to new ideas, and respect for others in our classroom environment.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Hayley Treloar Padovano
Course Number: 10270