Moral Development – PSYC 833

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.


PSYC 725


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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the major concepts, theories, methodologies, and empirical findings in the study of moral development.
  2. Critique empirical research in moral development.
  3. Apply research in moral development to reflect upon real-life issues.
  4. Evaluate research in moral development in the context of biblical thought.
  5. Use empirical research to evaluate a moral development issue for one segment of the lifespan.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

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

Article Critique

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.

Summary and Lesson Plan (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.

Midterm Essays

The student will take an open-book/open-note exam that consists of five essay questions. The aim of the Midterm Essays is to help the student master and synthesize the class material. The student has the entire week to work on the Midterm Essays and must submit it as a Word document via Blackboard.

Presentation: Topic and References

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.

Moral Development Presentation

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.