This is a solid class for anyone interested in the neuroscience behind brain development. The first half of the course focuses on the neuroscience specifics and biological processes involved in forming the infant brain. The second half touches on a variety of issues related to brain development like parental substance use, epigenetics, abuse and neglect, and how life experiences can actually biologically change brain structures as well- especially during development. While the focus is on the infant and young child's brain, the course does cover some issues related to adolescence.
Professor Champagne is not an exciting lecturer, but she is clear, organized, and obviously very knowledgeable about the subject matter. She has power points for each lecture- though going to class is important since the power points alone are not enough to fully understand the material, and we followed the syllabus exactly, never veering off-topic or falling behind. You always had a clear idea of what her expectations of you were and where the course was going.
Only drawback, again, is just that Professor Champagne is not a very engaging lecturer, nor is the class incredibly exciting even though it does touch on fascinating topics.
Definitely recommend it for someone looking for a good introduction to various brain development issues who wouldn't mind being a bit bored sometimes.