Not available as a ‘wild’ module
OverviewThe focus of this module is on understanding how children develop, with particular emphasis on the historical background of this part of the discipline, and the key theories, explanations and research conducted within developmental psychology. Certainly, it would hardly be an exaggeration to say that for all of us, the period of our lives we go through described as ‘childhood’ has a significant influence on who we become as adults. Understanding something of the processes we all appear to go through is a central part of any psychology degree, and by the end of this module you should be in a much better position to understand the significance of child development for human psychology. As the course progresses we will move from issues germane to early infancy, then through early childhood and the associated social, cognitive and emotional changes the child experiences during that period, and then a detailed look at adolescence. An additional major component of the course examines how children acquire language and learn how to talk - possibly the most significant development of all.
This module appears in:
1 two-hour lecture per week plus 2 one-hour seminars during the term
Method of assessment
This module is assessed by 50% written examination and 50% coursework. The coursework consists of one group seminar report based on a presentation delivered to the seminar group, and a written essay.
The module reading list can be found online at the reading list pages here : http://resourcelists.kent.ac.uk/index.html
Knowledge and understanding of cognitive and social development
Intellectual skills, including reading and writing skills, critical reflection and written analysis and interpretation
Subject-specific skills, including evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring issues in child psychology, and employing the inferential method in science
Transferable skills, including communication skills, numeracy, use of information technology, working with others, and problem solving