PSYC06024 2020 Developmental Psychology (0-18 years)
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.
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 requirements will be decided based on failed components.
Introduction and Overview
Introduction to the module and overview of perspectives in developmental psychology - behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic, biological and ecological.
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
|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
Required & Recommended Book List
2011 An introduction to developmental psychology Blackwell
2008 Child Psychology:development in a changing society Wiley
2016 The handbook of child and adolescent child psychology Rourledge
Psychology text book