PSYC200 - Life Span Development
Prerequisites PSYC100 Foundations of Psychology and PSYC101 Applications of Psychology
Teaching Organisation 3 contact hours per week over 12 weeks or equivalent
In order to understand human functioning, it is essential to adopt a developmental context. Therefore, developmental psychology is a key area of practice and research. This unit focuses on the main areas of developmental psychology, taking a lifespan perspective. It examines aspects of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Attention is also given to the research methods typically used in the study of development. Finally, the unit explores topics relating to professional ethics and contemporary issues in the field. Related to this, it includes a module on working with children, young people and vulnerable adults that focuses on responding to concerns and strategies to keep ourselves and others safe and support children, young people and vulnerable adults. The aim of this unit is to introduce and describe key concepts within developmental psychology. This introduction is designed to highlight the main theories and seminal research, thus providing an overview of current understandings in the field.