Leah Manning

Undergraduate Discipline


Undergraduate Courses 2022-2023


Human Development: Conception Through Middle Childhood

Open, Seminar—Fall

This course will expose students to the field of developmental psychology with a focus on conception through middle childhood (about 11 years old). Throughout the course, we will discuss how different areas of psychology approach and explain influences on human development. We will begin by describing what makes developmental psychology and research a unique area of study. Then we will delve into human development, covering conception, prenatal development, birth and the newborn, toddlerhood (up to three years), early childhood (three-to-six years) and middle childhood (seven to 11 years). Topics covered will include physical and brain development, cognitive and language development, relationships with parents and family, children’s growing sense of self and identity, relationships with peers, and the experiences of children in the United States' with alternative care and education. Direct experience with children will be an integral part of this course, including fieldwork at the Early Childhood Center or other venues. Written observational diaries will be used as a way of integrating those direct experiences with seminar topics.