Lifespan Development - SOCI3080

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Bridget Ng'andu checkmark-circle


The module will begin with a general introduction to lifespan approaches and subsequently address the following areas incorporating multiple perspectives on each topic (biological/medical, cognitive, developmental, psychodynamic, social, humanistic and other prominent approaches, focusing specifically on bio-psychosocial approaches):

• Development in early childhood.
• Relationship between brain development and attachment in infancy.
• Childhood development influences on later life.
• Early socialisation.
• Cognitive development and learning in middle/later childhood.
• Social factors: education, gender roles and gender stereotypes, child abuse, and children in care.
• Theories of adolescence: identity and transitions, biological, emotional, social and cultural influences in adolescence


Contact hours

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


BA (Hons) Social Work

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Coursework – essay (3000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods


Indicative reading

Beckett C. & Taylor H., (2016) Human growth and development, 3rd edn. London: Sage.
Fawcett M. (2009) Learning through child observation, London: Jessica Kingsley.
Gibson, A. and Gibson, N. (2015) Human Growth, Behaviour and Development, London: Sage.
Howe D. (2011). Attachment across the lifecourse: a brief introduction, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Parrish M., (2014) Social work perspectives on human behaviour, 2nd edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Sudbery J. (2010) Human growth and development: an introduction for social workers, London: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Show a basic understanding of a lifespan approach to human development, and transitions in development
8.2 Recognise the relevance of different underlying psychological and physiological perspectives to understanding individual human
development and behaviour
8.3 Identify the complexity of hereditary, social, political, cultural, economic and environmental factors that influence human development and
their interactions
8.4 Demonstrate understanding of diversity and difference in conjunction with knowledge of particular life-span models.
8.5 Examine the intersection of psychological theories and social factors with issues of discrimination, disadvantage, inequality and injustice
8.6 Demonstrate understanding of connections between lifespan models and social work interventions and theories

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate basic skills in gathering, organising, evaluating and synthesising information in a clear and coherent manner.
9.2 Take into account different perspectives and assess reliability and relevance of information gathered.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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