Child Development: Psychological Approaches

Module 17258

This module will examine the processes of development in children from conception through to puberty and early adolescence. Psychological perspectives on physical, cognitive and social development will predominate. Growth and physical development in early years are examined and theories of psychological/cognitive development will be considered and evaluated. Social development in relation to research on attachment is explored. The changes that accompany puberty are examined, as are theory and research into early adolescence, including normal and atypical development.     

Module Lead

Wendy Symes


20 credits 

Contact time

Lectures (20 hours), Seminars (26 hours), Guided independent study (160 hours)


2 hour exam (67%); 1000 word written review paper (33%)

Teaching method

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops



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