Introduction to Psychology and Development

Department of Education and Social Justice, School of Education

College of Social Sciences


Code 21513

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1 and 2

Module description

This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to the academic knowledge underpinning further modules in developmental psychology and supplement research skills which are a main component of their degree programme. The module introduces a range of theoretical perspectives central to studying the psychology of development and these include: Behaviourist, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Social Constructionist and Evolutionary.

Content covers theory and research into the ongoing ‘Heredity and Environment’ debate, Cognitive Constructivism, ‘Normality’ and a typical Development, Childhood in the lifespan and considers how these issues and research programmes are applied to children’s development and education. Major research approaches in Psychology are considered as are Ethics relating to psychological research particularly those centred on children.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials and Research Workshops