PC4103 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Introduction to Developmental Psychology|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||10|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||100|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module focuses on the history of ideas in developmental theory, research methods used by developmentalists, early perceptual development, cognition, language, development of the self (including gender development & play), and social and cultural influences on development.
The module aims to provide introductory level coverage of an indicative range of topics in developmental psychology, including: theories and ideas in developmental psychology; research methods in developmental psychology; cognitive development; gender role development; peer relationships; object understanding in infancy; attachment and language development.
The syllabus will be drawn from the topics such as: history of ideas in developmental theory; research methods; peer relationships; gender role development; emotional development; cognitive development; attachment; language development.
Learning and teaching
Lecturer-provided materials will be placed online. These will include lecture slides with accompanying audio, self-test materials, and – where available – online readings.
On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. describe a range of developmental topics and related empirical studies covering cognitive, social, and cultural aspects of development;
2. describe methodological approaches and procedures used by developmental psychologists, and explain their pros and cons;
3. describe a range of theoretical approaches used in developmental psychology and explain how these might be evaluated by means of empirical studies.
Formative feedback will be available in the form of: (a) comments on mid-term short-answer questions, and (b) automated responses to non-summative multiple-choice questions.
Martin, G.N., Carlson, M.R., & Buskist, W. (2011). Psychology (fourth edition). London: Pearson. [This book is available online via the library’s electronic catalogue]
Davey, G. (Ed.) (2008). Complete Psychology (second edition). Oxford: Hodder Education.