Moral Development – PSYC 833

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/11/2022

Course Description

Advanced study of moral development across the lifespan. Examination of themes and current research in physical, mental, emotional, and social domains pertinent to moral development. Special consideration given to varying social and cultural contexts.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


An understanding of theory and research in moral development will serve as an important foundation for the student’s understanding of whole-person development. This course offers an opportunity for students to understand the complexities of moral development across the lifespan such that their future work in any setting will reflect the best evidence-based theory and practice available in hopes of making maximum impact for Christ.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Resources.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a discussion thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each discussion thread must be at least 350 words, have at least 2 scholarly sources, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the discussion thread, the student is required to respond to at least two other classmate’s discussion thread. Each discussion reply must be at least 200 words. (CLOs: 1, 3, 4)

Article Critique Assignment

The student will locate an empirical study in a peer-reviewed journal and write a 4-page critique of the article, paying special attention to research methods and connection to moral development. (CLOs: 1, 2)

Summary and Lesson Plan Assignment (7)

The student will write a 4-page paper in current APA format 1) summarizing the assigned readings and 2) devising a lesson plan for teaching in the context of higher education. (CLOs: 1, 2)

Midterm Essay Questions Assignment

The student will submit an open-book/open-note written assignment that consists of five essay questions. The aim of the assignment is to help the student master and synthesize the class material. The assignment must be submitted as a Word document. (CLOs: 1, 2)

Moral Development Presentation: Topic and References Assignment

The student will choose a presentation topic within moral development and find references for his or her presentation. The student will submit the title page, presentation objectives, rough outline of the presentation, and reference page in APA style. A minimum of 15 academic sources (peer-reviewed journal articles, textbook chapters, academic books, etc.) is required. (CLOs: 1, 5)

Moral Development Presentation Assignment

The student will create a 15–20 minute Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that applies research in moral development to a moral development issue during a specific stage in the lifespan. (CLOs: 1, 5)