PSYC 315 (3 cr): Childhood and Adolescence


Course Goals and Description

Welcome to Psychology 315!

The primary goal for this course is to provide you with a foundation in child development from early childhood through adolescence. This course is only a semester long and thus it is impossible to cover in depth all of what constitutes childhood and adolescence (don’t worry, we have more courses in the department that cover other areas of child development). As such, we will focus on those areas that represent some of the most current and exciting areas of active research in the field. We will cover such topics as theories of social and cognitive development, methods of child development, gender development, moral development, intelligence and academic achievement, intergroup bias in childhood and adolescence and language development.


Either (a) PSYC 100 or (b) all of PSYC 101, PSYC 102 or (c) 6 credits of 200-level Psychology (but not 205 or 263).


This course will use Zoom online invigilation for the midterm and final. Zoom will access your webcam during the exam session and share that information with your invigilator.

The recorded information meets British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

In order to use Zoom, you are required to have access to a regular computer (Windows/Mac computer or laptop). You cannot take the assessments from mobile devices (e.g., iPhone, iPad, Android device, etc). You will need a working webcam. No mic is necessary as there are no audio requirements.

  1. Class Participation. 8%
  2. Quizzes. 3 online quizzes each worth 6% of the final grade.
  3. Midterm. 1 online midterm worth 22% of the final grade. (invigilated via Zoom)
  4. Final Exam. Final Exam will make up the remaining 52% of the final grade. This is a cumulative exam. (invigilated via Zoom)


Robert S. Siegler; Jenny Saffran; Nancy Eisenberg; Judy S. DeLoache; Elizabeth Gershoff; Susan Graham. How Children Develop, 6th Canadian Edition. Worth Publishers, 2020

eBook version ISBN: 9781319269678

PSYC315 Textbook Order Form (updated Aug 9, 2021)