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 require you to use Proctorio for the midterm and final exam. Proctorio is a remote proctoring service that will record you during the exam. You will write in your own private space and will need a Windows or Mac desktop or laptop computer that has a working microphone and webcam to use Proctorio.

  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. (Proctorio required)
  4. Final Exam. Final Exam will make up the remaining 52% of the final grade. This is a cumulative exam. (Proctorio required)


How Children Develop, Fifth Canadian Edition by Robert S. Siegler, Nancy Eisenberg, Judy S. DeLoache, Jenny Saffran, Susan A. Graham. 2017 (looseleaf or bounded edition is OK, Launchpad access is not required for this course).

The Fourth Canadian Edition (ISBN: 9781464107801) can also be used.

PSYC315 Textbook Order Form

This is available at UBC Bookstore (note, we will not be using Launchpad. Although this is offered with the textbook the price without was the same).

Note: Launchpad is an electronic learning module that often comes packaged with the course textbook. Launchpad is not required for this course. Psyc 302 also uses the same textbook.