Lifespan stream

Lifespan psychology enhances our understanding of how individuals change and grow, and the different factors that influence this process.

Courses in this stream examine developmental phenomena throughout the lifespan, starting with the prenatal period and infancy and extending into adulthood and old age.

The study of lifespan development encompasses age-related changes in cognitive, social, emotional and health-related behaviours, and how family, peers, neighbourhoods, schools and the larger cultural context influence these changes.

Research in this area provides the foundation for understanding atypical development and for the design and evaluation of effective prevention and intervention programs.

This stream provides opportunities for training in methods and designs that lifespan researchers use to study the development of individuals, as well as hands-on research and community-based partnerships.

Stream progress

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Second year

PSYC 243

Introduction to Lifespan Development

Pre-requisite: PSYC 100A and 100B

Third year

PSYC 335

Infant and Child Development

Pre-requisite: PSYC 201 and 243

PSYC 336

Adolescent Development

Pre-requisite: PSYC 201 and 243

PSYC 339

Adult Development and Aging

Pre-requisite: PSYC 201 and 243

Fourth year

PSYC 435A

Advanced Infant and Child Development

Pre-requisite: PSYC 300A, 335 and either 336 or 339.

Pre-requisite or co-requisite: PSYC 300B or permission of the department.

PSYC 435C

Advanced Adolescent Development

Pre-requisite: PSYC 300A, 336 and either 335 or 339.

Pre-requisite or co-requisite: PSYC 300B or permission of the department.

PSYC 435E

Advanced Adult Development and Aging

Pre-requisite: PSYC 300A, 339 and either 335 or 336.

Pre-requisite or co- requisite: PSYC 300B or permission of the department.

PSYC 442

History and Theories in Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Pre-requisite: PSYC 300A and two of 335, 336 and 339

Pre-requisite or co-requisite: PSYC 300B or permission of the department.