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CPSY 1334 - Global Issues on Children and Youth in Society

This course is designed to provide an introduction to science, ethics, and ramifications in civic life of controversial issues concerning child or youth development in contemporary societies. The class will examine topics of ethical and civic concern and interest to parents, society, and young people themselves and how developmental science informs these issues and policies as well as the decisions and actions of citizens in everyday live in society.

Students will gain a basic understanding of how developmental research and theory inform policy and practices of societies as well as the individual decisions of parents, teachers, community members, and other citizens that influence the lives of children and youth. Additionally, this course examines how social issues influence science and its translation to action. Students will be exposed to a wide range of issues about children and youth that currently confront many societies around the world, and the state of the research evidence pertinent to these issues. Students will also learn how research is translated and disseminated so that it can inform policy and practice, and also the challenges of effective translation.

Civic Life and Ethics Theme of the Liberal Education Requirements

This course satisfies the Civic Life and Ethics Theme of the Liberal Education requirements. This course will develop student understanding of how civic and ethical principles have been historically developed, critically assessed by individuals and groups, and negotiated within specific cultural settings, specifically in regard to issues of children and youth in society. The course will present and define ethics in issues of children and youth and their families as they interact with their community and society in everyday life, as well as the role of ethics in civic life in matters pertaining to children and youth in society. The course will examine, in the context of controversial issues in child development, how the ethical principles applied in a pluralistic society like the United States pertinent to the socialization and education of children have developed and been debated. This course will encourage students to develop, defend, or challenge personal values and beliefs as they relate to their own lives in American society and their countries of origin, and as members of the global society.

Who should take this course?

Students who are interested in fulfilling a Civic Life and Ethics Liberal Education Requirement and who are interested in ethical and civic issues regarding the development of children in contemporary society. Students who are interested in learning about how development is influenced by social structures and systems.

Students who are interested in working or pursuing graduate studies in psychology, public policy, public affairs, sociology, and health careers.

What degree requirements might this class fulfill?
Child Psychology B.A.
Child Psychology B.S.
Child Psychology Minor

For official information about how this class would fulfill major requirements or college requirements, please consult your college adviser and your APAS. Access to your APAS report can be found under the Academics tab on MyU.

Grading Basis:
A-F or audit


Terms this class is typically offered:

Instructors who teach this class:
Ann Masten

Sample syllabus
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Have additional questions about this class or need a permission number? Contact Meghan Eliason, Child Psychology Adviser, at