2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Oct 26, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

PSY 238 - Psychology of Play


Description: Importance of play on cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development throughout the lifespan. Exploration of the benefits of play with respect to fostering creativity, personal expression, and a sense of well being. Appreciation of play activities as a reflection of culture, gender, and social class.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Purpose and benefits of play
  2. Creative process and personal expression
  3. Solitary and social play
  4. Play activities as a reflection of culture, gender, and social class
  5. Promotion of play leadership

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe the impact of play on cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development throughout the lifespan. (1) 
  2. Identify the significant role of play on the creative process and personal expression. (2) 
  3. Compare and contrast the psychological and social implications of solitary and social play. (3)
  4. Analyze the cultural, gender, and social implications of play activities. (4)
  5. Develop and implement a specific plan of promoting the importance of play through advocacy and/or service. (5)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 1500 words of monitored writing.