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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY2005 Module Title: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 2
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.203 (DEV)
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: WILLIAMS EI Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Run once throughout the academic year

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage Weighting
Essay (1200 words). 
1 examination paper
Module Overview

Successful completion of all Level 1 core Psychology modules. All other Level 2 Psychology modules are co-requisites.

Module Aims

This course, which presupposes knowledge of the material covered in Developmental Psychology 1, aims to provide in depth coverage of selected topics in the study of children's social, socio-cognitive and cognitive development, as well as topics in Developmental psychopathology.  By the end of the course, students should: have an understanding of the basic issues and theoretical perspectives in the field of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology.  In relation to the specific topics covered students will have an understanding of the main theoretical frameworks used in current research relating to these topics; have a knowledge of the principal empirical findings obtained; and be able to evaluate the theoretical frameworks in relation to the available evidence.

Learning Outcomes


Module Content
Semester 1

- Basic issues and Theoretical perspectives in Developmental Psychology
- Development of self; self-concept development
- Attachment
- Gender socialisation
- Early social development
- Theory of Mind

Semester 2

- Typical versus atypical development
- Severe deprivation
- Neuroconstructivist approach and Williams syndrome
- Functional versus dysfunctional approaches to atypical development: ADHD
- Autism and Theory of Mind
- The development of drawing
- The sociocultural context of drawing development
- Peer and family relationships
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and private study

Selected Texts/Journals

Students will primarily be referred to individual journal articles pertinent to each lecture; but all students should consider buying their own copy of the recommended textbook:

Smith P.K., Cowie, H., & Blades, M. (2003). Understanding Children's Development. (4th ed) Oxford: Blackwell.

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