Developmental Psychology

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Developmental Psychology

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite

    PSYC1020 or PSYC1030

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This introduction to lifespan developmental psychology focuses on key issues in development and aging, including early social development, the role of early input in language acquisition, attachment and intimate relationships, child-rearing, moral reasoning, memory and problem-solving. A cross-cultural focus is adopted wherever possible.
    Course Introduction
    This course provides an introduction to lifespan developmental psychology, emphasising recent theory and research. It is not possible to cover all aspects of human lifespan development within any one course, and so lectures will feature key issues, sometimes focusing on some age ranges more than others, but using examples from other ages. Throughout, the course will emphasise developmental psychology as a research discipline. Students will learn to understand and think critically about theoretical issues and empirical research and to communicate this understanding.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • demonstrate familiarity with key concepts, theories, and research methods in lifespan developmental psychology
    • describe links between developmental processes in childhood and later life and development in socio-cultural context
    • demonstrate an understanding of research methods used in developmental psychology
    • demonstrate the fundamentals of critical thinking in psychology.
    • demonstrate further development of written and oral communication skills
    • demonstrate an awareness of ethical considerations when conducting psychological research
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 2 Tutorial hours
    Assessment Summary
    In Class Quizes (2): 25% Total
    Essay: 30%
    Final Exam: 45%

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