Course Description

Course Name

Developmental Psychology

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Development of human behaviour.

This paper is concerned with the development of human behaviour, with an emphasis on social and cognitive development from infancy to old age. Theories of development are introduced in the context of topics such as the emergence of a concept of self, attachment, theory of mind, peer relations, prosocial and antisocial behaviour and autism. We will examine the implications of research in development for applied questions such as the effects on children of television, parenting and childcare.

Course Structure
The course will cover:
-The emergence of the self-concept
-Theory of mind
-Peer relations
-Prosocial and antisocial behaviour
-Applied developmental psychology
-Other lifespan topics from conception to old age

Assessment: The final mark consists of 50% internal assessment (one mid-semester test and one essay at 25% each) and a final exam worth 50%.

Terms: A student who completes fewer than 50% of the assignments in a paper will not meet terms and may not sit the final examination in that paper.

Learning Outcomes
-Knowledge of many aspects of development from conception through to old age
-Particular emphasis on cognitive development and social understanding

Required Reading:

Low, J., & Jose, P. (Eds.) (2011). Lifespan development: New Zealand perspectives (2nd ed.).
Peterson, Candida (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed.).

Course materials will be available through Blackboard

*Course content subject to change