Developmental Psychology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Developmental Psychology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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

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