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Course Overview

What does it mean to be human?  This course takes a developmental approach to that question, covering a range of psychological attributes that change with age.  The course aims to introduce students to theories of perceptual, language, social and emotional development along with encouraging debate on some key conceptual issues (e.g. nature versus nurture). 

Specific topics covered within this course include: Awareness of mental states; information processing theory; face perception and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The broad range of developmental topics make this an ideal course for anyone with an interest in working with children.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Margaret Jackson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

This course will examine both historical and contemporary issues and findings in perceptual development, language development, social and emotional development, and developmental psychopathology. The course will also cover a number of key conceptual issues including the role of nature versus nurture in human development, modularity and modularization, and the contribution of research on atypical development to our understanding of normal functioning.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Tutorial Participation 10%

MCQs 20%

Essay 35%

Exam 35%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandConsolidate and extend their knowledge of historical and contemporary issues and findings in (1) cognitive development and (2) socio-emotional development focusing on children aged 3 to adolescence.
FactualEvaluateEvaluate different theoretical accounts and research methods of both cognitive and socio-emotional child development and communicate this through coursework and written exams.
ConceptualEvaluateLearn the skills to understand and evaluate the scientific basis of claims regarding cognitive development and plasticity in children, and the scientific basis of socio-emotional development.
ProceduralApplyStudents will become aware of some markers for typical (and atypical) cognitive and socio-emotional development in children and ways of improving performance, skills, and behaviour in individuals

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