PSY-3140 Play and Its Role in Human Development
(available through EDP)
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.