Developmental Psychology - PSYC6290

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Janet Briggs checkmark-circle


This module examines developmental changes in social and cognitive processes from birth to adolescence. We examine the interaction of biological and social factors throughout development. Topics covered include attachment, perceptual and cognitive abilities in infancy, acquisition of language, theories of cognitive development, social and moral development, development of self-concept and theories of adolescence.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


Optional to the following courses:
• BSc (Social Sciences).
• Also available as an Wild Module

Method of assessment

Essay (2,500 words) 50%
Examination 50%

Reassessment methods: 100% coursework (2,500 words)

Indicative reading

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

• Cohen, D. (2005). The development of play. London: Routledge.
• Durkin, K. (1995) Developmental Social Psychology. Oxford: Blackwell.
• Frydenberg, E. (2008). Adolescent Coping: advances in theory, research and applications. London: Routledge.
• Shaffer, D. (2013). Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence. Belmont, C.A.: Wadsworth Publishing
• Smith, P., Cowie, H. and Blades, M. (2003). Understanding Children's Development. Oxford: Blackwell
• Steinberg, L., Vandell, D., & Bornstein, M. (2011). Development: Infancy through adolescence. Belmont, C.A.: Wadsworth Publishing.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key concepts, theories and findings in developmental psychology, including detailed knowledge informed by current research in core topic areas
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of traditional and current methods of analysis and enquiry in developmental psychology
3. Evaluate, through written analysis and interpretation, theoretical and empirical literature in developmental psychology
4. Develop an appreciation of historical and conceptual issues and key debates in the study of human development from birth to adolescence.

Generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the diversity of theoretical and empirical approaches in psychology
2. Demonstrate literacy and analytical and writing skills to present, interpret and discuss concepts, theories and findings from scholarly reviews and primary sources
3 Demonstrate the ability to communicate well-founded opinions, interpret evidence, argue rationally, and engage in critical thinking about theoretical, empirical, and philosophical issues in psychology
4. Critically evaluate the quality of theories and findings in published psychological research,


  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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