Course: PSY400
Instructor: Casey Lew-Williams
S 2017

Description of Course Goals and Curriculum

Do the first 1,000 days of life predict the rest of your life? This seminar will use ideas, experiments, and theories from developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, education, public policy, communication sciences and disorders, and medicine to evaluate the cascading consequences of early childhood in shaping who we become and what we are capable of. Topics will include epigenetics, prematurity, language, poverty, health, attachment, emotion, and developmental disorders. This service-learning seminar will combine traditional classroom methods (readings, discussions, and papers) with a semester-long project in partnership with nonprofits in central New Jersey. In the classroom, students will evaluate how early development shapes the future, and in the community, students will use their knowledge and research skills to make a concrete contribution to the ongoing goals of organizations focusing on early development.
Make sure you do the readings and put effort into your community project!

Learning From Classroom Instruction

This seminar meets once a week for three hours. During this time, you will discuss articles, give presentations on other articles, participate in debates, and work on community projects. This class involves travel to non-profits in Trenton.

Learning For and From Assignments

The main assignment of the course is to work on a project at a non-profit related to child development, and write up a reflection about the project. The more work you put into your project, the better project you will develop for the organization, and the more you will learn about non-profits and the child development in the real world. You also will learn a lot from the readings, especially from the two articles that you will present in class.

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What Students Should Know About This Course For Purposes Of Course Selection

This is one of the best seminars at Princeton! Casey is a wonderful teacher and loves to help students in any way. Even if you were not originally interested in developmental psychology, this class would teach you a lot about humans and about social issues in this country. I highly recommend this course.
Topics in Social and Personality Psychology: Developmental Origins and Life Outcomes

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    Make sure you do the readings and put effort into your community project!

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