FYS*101*20 Description

First-Year Seminar

Children born in the United States and many Western European countries are often given their own cribs in their own rooms shortly after birth. However, children born in many other nations sleep in their parents' beds for the first few years of life. We will examine this issue as well as other cultural differences in childhood, including temperament, parenting styles, attachment, educational opportunities, and morality, within a developmental psychology framework. Students will explore how aspects of child development in the U.S. are similar and dissimilar to other cultures, and will communicate their findings through writings, discussions, and presentations.