PSY-3140 Play and Its Role in Human Development

3 credits

(available through EDP)

Prerequisite: EDU-2040 or PSY-2070.

This course will explore the role of play in human development, with primary emphasis on the first 12 years. We will examine the following dimensions of play: definition and categories of play; interplay between developmental stages and types of play; benefits of play in enhancing physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth and well-being; consideration of historical, political, cultural and gender issues; uses of play in education and therapy; the adult role in promoting play. Students will understand how to use play in their present or future work in human services/education.