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Dive into the development of the human mind. Learn how the brain changes from pregnancy to childhood, and adolescence through to adulthood. Consider how development is influenced by genes, the physical environments and social relationships.
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- 27 Jul 2020
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At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Recall, recognise and describe key concepts of the major developmental theories
- Describe the processes of development from conception through pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood
- Apply developmental theories to various real-life scenarios to explain or predict observed human behaviour at different stages across the lifespan
- Collect, integrate and critically evaluate a body of developmental research literature on a specified developmental topic
- Clearly present a line of argument using a concise and clear academic writing style
- UNIT INTRODUCTION AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT
- COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
- SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT A
- SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT B
- ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGEING
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This unit involves the study of how humans grow and change across the life span from conception until death. The unit consolidates and extends topics introduced in the developmental section of Introduction to Psychology. We explore developmental continuities and changes that are normative and common to most people, but also ways in which people differ from one another. In particular we focus on theories that seek to explain development and the extent to which development is influenced by genes, the physical environment, social relationships, and the context in which the individual lives. We survey major theories, research findings, and contemporary issues in physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and personality development across the life span. The tutorial sessions complement the lectures and focus on developmental research methodologies and practical applications of developmental theory.
- Online Quiz (10%)
- Literature review (1500 words) (40%)
- Invigilated examination (50%)
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