Advanced Developmental Psychology - PSYC5800

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Kirsten Abbot-Smith checkmark-circle


Developmental psychology aims to understand the developmental trajectory of psychological processes involved in human thought, action, behaviour and emotion. The underlying premise of this field is that a fuller understanding of any psychological phenomena becomes available once we explain when and how it develops. The main purpose of this module is to critically review recent research into key topics within advanced developmental psychology (e.g. social development, the development of prejudice, children as witnesses, the development of mindreading and learning from others). Through such an examination we will be a good position to understand the questions, issues and controversies that are at the forefront of research in developmental psychology.


Contact hours

Private Study: 126
Contact Hours: 24
Total: 150


The module is optional for the following courses:

BSc in Psychology
BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology
BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology
BSc in Psychology with a Year Abroad

Available as an elective module. Available to Short-Term Credit students, subject to convenor/school approval.

Method of assessment

Exam: 2 hours: 60%
Coursework Essay: 1,500 Words: 40%

Short-term Credit students taking the module will be required to complete a second 1,500 word essay instead of the exam. This will assess the same Learning Outcomes as the Exam.

Reassessment method

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. understand alternative theoretical, empirical and methodological perspectives in the field of advanced developmental psychology.
2. critically think about research into advanced developmental psychology
3. present and defend complex arguments in the field advanced developmental psychology
4. demonstrate an appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of developmental Psychology.
5. demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the principal topics and perspectives (e.g. social, developmental, cognitive and biological) in psychology and how they relate to contemporary society


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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