Introduction to Psychology and Development

Module 21513

School of Education

This module is designed to provide you 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 will introduce you to 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 Atypical Development, Childhood in the lifespan and considers how these issues and research programmes are applied to children's development and

We will consider the major research approaches in Psychology and Ethicical issues relating to psychological research particularly those centred on children.

Module Lead

Wendy Symes


20 credits

Contact time

Lectures (20 hours), Seminars (20 hours), guided independent study (160 hours)


Group oral presentation (33%); Exam (67%)


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