Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Tutor Penny Hyams
Thursdays, For 11 Weeks 
21/05/2020 - 30/07/2020
13.00-15.00
Full Fee: £80 Conc: £35

On this fascinating course we will investigate psychological development from birth through to adulthood and old age. Some of the questions we will address are how do we become who we are? How do we learn to reason? How do we learn what is right and wrong? What is a teenager? How do we change psychologically through adulthood and why?

We will be looking at cognitive (thoughts, feelings etc) social and emotional development of children, adolescents and adults. We will be looking at the key theorists as well as more recent developments.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 including, ‘Introduction to Psychology’ ‘Forensic Psychology’ and ‘Neuropsychology’. Some previous students have gone on to study at a higher level e.g. at Birkbeck.

  1. 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.

  1. What will it be like?

A number of different methods will be used including didactic teaching, small and large group discussion.  A number of case studies will be used (both written and video clips) to illuminate the academic psychology.

How we assess your progress on the course
At the start: Self assessment questionnaire

On the course: Through small and large group discussion, self assessment questionnaire

At the end: Through small and large group discussion and self assessment questionnaire

  1. 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.