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Module

PSY2001 : Developmental Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Tascha Clapperton
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To develop a thorough understanding of developmental processes in eight major areas, perception, cognition, language, social cognition, conceptual change, theory of mind, morality, and lifespan development. To appreciate the empirical approach to these areas and develop critical thinking in these topics.

Original Summary:
This course focuses on the development of core cognitive abilities from birth through to childhood, as well as looking at how humans develop throughout their lifespan. The approach taken is cognitive – how does an infant learn about the world, in order to become a functioning adult? What perceptual and memory systems must develop to support our feeling of ourselves as unique, reflective individuals? The course also looks at how individuals develop emotions, and how emotions and morality function to integrate the person into the social group. We will then look at an example of developmental dysfunction, autism, and its possible causes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Research methods and theoretical approaches in child development
Language development
Face perception
Number concept
Object concept
Cognitive development: Information processing and social context
Social cognition
Moral & emotional development
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Theory of Mind
Adolescence, adulthood and ageing

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable