The aim of this unit is to enhance students' understanding of human psychological development across the lifespan and within a cultural context. This includes a study of perspectives and research relating to physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception to late adulthood. Cultural influences will be applied to the study of all aspects of development, and at all life stages. 

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
APP2101

Prerequisites

APP1012 - Psychology 1A

APP1013 - Psychology 1B

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise psychological perspectives of developmental issues and interventions;  
  2. Critically reflect upon and discuss issues related to the cultural influences on development;  
  3. Articulate key features of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development across the lifespan; and  
  4. Critique major developmental theories and research.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Assessment of a community issue using developmental psychology (800 words) 20%
Test Test on content covered in first half of unit (1 hour) 20%
Essay Essay on current developmental psychology issue (1500 words) 40%
Test Test on content covered in second half of unit (1 hour) 20%

Required reading

Human development: A cultural approach. 3rd ed
Arnett, J., Chapin, L., & Brownlow, C 2019
Melbourne/ Pearson Australia

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Course Study as part of
Bachelor of Arts Psychology - Major

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