This course introduces child development as a scientific, applied and interdisciplinary field. Participants will gain a fundamental knowledge of the history and theories of child development, examine research on children¿s physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development, and study diverse paths of child development in different contextual, cultural and social settings. Furthermore, participants will explore the implications of child development research for social, political and educational issues. Finally, in order to connect one¿s knowledge of child development to practice, each participant will be required to conduct a case study of a child¿s development in multiple settings. Through the case study, participants will practice observational and interview skills, learn how to interpret and reflect on the results, and provide suggestions to facilitate the child¿s development and learning.