PSYC06024 2020 Developmental Psychology (0-18 years)

General Details

Full Title
Developmental Psychology (0-18 years)
Transcript Title
Developmental Psychology (0-18
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Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
John Kane, Orla Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology

In this module the psychological changes that take place throughout childhood and adolescence will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the significant physical, social, emotional, linguistic and cognitive development of early childhood followed by an examination of patterns of development across middle childhood and the teenage years. Theoretical perspectives in psychology and current key ideas in relation to development will be discussed and the contribution of significant developmental theorists to our understanding of development investigated.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain the major developmental theoretical perspectives in psychology


Outline the course of physical growth and describe the structure and development of the human brain


Examine the contribution of significant developmental theorists to our understanding of cognitive development and describe the development of communication and language


Discuss attachment theory and describe social and emotional development across infancy, childhood and adolescence


Investigate problems of childhood and adolescence and the contributing factors to good mental health and resilience


Evaluate current ethical psychological research and its application to child development.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture and tutorial

Module Assessment Strategies


Repeat Assessments

Repeat requirements will be decided based on failed components.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction and Overview

Introduction to the module and overview of perspectives in developmental psychology - behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic, biological and ecological.

Physical development

Motor development, the course of physical growth, basic sequences, common patterns and physical changes of puberty. Introduction to the structure of the human brain and brain development.

Cognitive and Language development

Contribution of the general theories of cognitive development to our understanding of thinking. Theory of mind, cognitive self-regulation, moral development, adolescent cognition, intelligence, genetic and environmental influences on cognitive development. The development of communication and language, some common problems, bilingualism. Theories of language development, including behaviourist, nativist and interactionist perspectives.

Personality and Social development

The function of emotions, development of emotional expression, emotional regulation, temperament, development of attachment, theories of attachment, parenting styles, self-concept, self-esteem, gender identification, socialisation, pro-social behaviour and socio-emotional development in adolescence. Problems of childhood and adolescent including: illness, separation, loss, bullying and neglect. Trauma, resilience and psychological well- being.

Contexts for development
The child within the family, (family dynamics, parenting, culture). Beyond the family, (daycare, pre-school, primary and secondary school). Friendships, peergroups and romantic relationships. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Portfolio Continuous Assessment Project 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 4 Weekly 4.00
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011 An introduction to developmental psychology Blackwell

Developmental Psychology

Recommended Reading
2008 Child Psychology:development in a changing society Wiley

Child development

Recommended Reading
2016 The handbook of child and adolescent child psychology Rourledge

Psychology text book

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