Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development - SP851

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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This module explores the typical development of key cognitive functions and the psychological methods employed to study these developments. The aim of the module is to explore these topics at an advanced level, allowing students to evaluate critically pieces of research in terms of their findings, conceptual underpinnings, and/or methodological approaches. Lecture topics may include: Research methods in developmental psychology; Critical periods and plasticity; Introduction to theories of word learning; The critical period for language learning; Social learning and imitation; Thinking about the minds of others; Understanding knowledge; Metacognition.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total study hours: 200


Available to students registered for the MSc in Developmental Psychology, the MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, the MSc in Research Methods, the MSc in Groups and Intergroup Relations, and the MSc in Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework. Formed of two seminar reports (10% each) and a research proposal (80%).

Indicative reading

This module covers a variety of materials, not available in a single textbook. The main teaching materials are journal articles, which will be made available throughout the module.

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:
8.1 Understand alternative theoretical, empirical, and methodological perspectives in the study of developmental psychology
8.2 Critically appraise research in cognitive development
8.3 Present and defend complex arguments and develop their own view on the most appropriate theoretical or methodological approach to each topic.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Appraise developmental psychology theories and methods used in the study of cognitive development through an understanding of statistical material
9.2 Ability to communicate critically evaluations of developmental psychology methods and theories in terms of cognitive development.
9.3 Work and collaborate with others in reviewing research and disseminate or communicate work to an audience (i.e. via a poster, presentation)
9.4 Demonstrate the ability to solve problems through independent learning and use of IT.

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