How do we develop knowledge, thinking and
understanding of the world from birth until
adulthood? What are the stages involved in our
intellectual development? What is theory of mind
and how does it develop? What are mirror neurons
and what role do they play in neurocognitive
development and disorders such as autism
spectrum disorder? This course will explore a
number of different developmental theories and
the development of knowledge, intelligence and
cognitive aspects such as attention, learning,
decision-making, cognitive control and how they
relate to the everyday life of children?
Who is this course for
This course is for anyone who is interested in our development from childhood to adulthood. No previous knowledge or experience is needed. Students may also have attended 'Introduction to Psychology' but this is not mandatory
What does this course cover
This course provides an introduction to some of the main thinkers and theories in child and lifespan psychology. Each week we will be looking at a different area of lifespan psychology including
- Child development and learning
- How children learn about gender
- Piaget and Vygotsky's theories of child development
- Cognitive, social and emotional development of adolescents
- Cognitive changes and social and emotional challenges in adulthood
By the end of the course you will have a good grounding in the main thinkers and theories of the above topics. You will have an understanding of the complexities of how we become who we are
What will it be like
A number of different methods will be used including tutor exposition, pair and small group work and class discussion. A number of case studies will be used (both written and video clips) to illuminate the topics being examined
What else do you need to buy or do
. To benefit fully from this course it is recommended that students complete some of the recommended reading. You do not need to buy a text for this as handouts will be given and other resources will be available through the Moodle page for the course.
What this course could lead to
There are a number of Psychology courses that you may be interested in attending at the Mary Ward Centre, see prospectus for more details. Some previous students have gone on to study at a higher level e.g. at Birkbeck.
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’