Intercultural and Developmental Issues in Psychology

Unit code: APP2101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APP1012 - Psychology 1A
APP1013 - Psychology 1B
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

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

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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