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Developmental Psychology

This assignment is designed to facilitate your thinking about the content examined in this course and applications to the “real world”. You will pick a movie related to the issues of development and developmental psychology. Summarize the movie, making sure to focus on and describe which character’s development you are focusing on including aspects of biological development, cognitive development, and psychosocial development. Next, critically analyze the movie demonstrating your understanding of the theories and research reviewed throughout this course. For example, what developmental theories can be applied to this movie and the character you are focusing on? Are key concepts (e.g., ageism) demonstrated in the movie? What are some examples? How does context (e.g., culture, socioeconomic status) play a role in the character’s life? Lastly, provide a summary/ conclusion to your analysis. Remember, this is not just a summary or an opinion paper I will be looking for how effectively you highlight the connections between the movie and the course content and demonstrate critical thinking and analysis. You must address all three areas of development outlined in your text, biological, cognitive, and psychosocial. Highlight specific examples, assuming I have not seen the movie. It sometimes helps students to imagine that I know very little about developmental psychology so that your writing is focused with enough depth. Examples of movies students have chosen in the past: Parenthood, Matilda, Grumpy Old Men, Diary of a Whimpy Kid, Twilight, Grease, Precious, Goonies, Lean on Me.

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