PB202 Half Unit
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Miriam Tresh CON.3.14
This course is compulsory on the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.
Students should have taken Foundations of Psychological Science (PB101) or Foundations of Behavioural Science (PB100).
This course will cover core approaches and phenomena in developmental psychology. It will frame developmental psychology by reference to core explanatory approaches to development and outlining major classic theoretical approaches. It also covers a range of central empirical areas of development, illustrating the ways in which the major theories explain, or fail to explain, the phenomena in those areas. The course is also concerned with locating psychological development in a wider cultural and societal context including the relations between typical and atypical development and considers developmental psychology as a paradigm for understanding and interpreting real-world issues.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and classes totalling a minimum of 20 hours across Lent Term. There is a reading week in Week 6 of Lent.
In response to the current situation, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of live online classes and pre-recorded short online videos. You will receive the same amount of teaching whether you are on campus or online.
During the course, students will complete two sets of formative assessment:
- Three weekly learning logs (approx. 200-300 words)
- Case Study (500 words)
- Banaji, M. & S.A. Gelman (Eds.), (2013) Navigating the social world: What infants, children, and other species can teach us. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Coleman, J. and Hagell, A. (Eds.) (2008) Adolescence, Risk and Resilience: Against the Odds.
- Greenfield, P. (2009) Linking Social Change and Developmental Change: Shifting Pathways of Human Development. Developmental Psychology, 45, 401–418.
- Lamb, M. E., & Freund, A. M. (Eds.) (2010) Handbook of life span development, Volume 2: Social and emotional development (Editor in Chief: Richard M. Lerner). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
- Leman, P. Bremner, A. Parke, R. Gauvain, M (2012) Developmental Psychology. McGraw Hill, London.
- Lerner, R.M. (Gen. Ed.) (2015) Handbook of child psychology and developmental science. (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
- McLean, K.C and Syed, M (Eds.), (2015) The Oxford handbook of identity development. New York: Oxford Press.
- Music, G. (2011). Nurturing natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development. Hove: Psychology Press.
- Narvaez, D., Panksepp, J., Schore, A. N., & Gleason, T. R. (Eds.), (2013), Human nature, early experience and human development: From research to practice and policy. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Slater, A. and. Bremner, J. G (Eds) (2011) An Introduction to Developmental Psychology. 2nd Edition, Chichester: Wiley-Breakwell.
Students will be expected to read essential readings plus additional reading from the primary literature for each class. These readings will be provided in the course outline.
Essay (10%) in the ST.
Case study (70%) and exercise (20%) in the LT.
Case Study (70%) in LT – you will produce a 3000 word case study and research proposal.
Exercise (20%) in LT – The exercise will take the form of a 1000 word Op-Ed and will be on a topic of your choice, using behavioural science to write about a developmental issue.
Essay (10%) in ST - Students following the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science will be expected to submit one 3000 word ‘Integration Essay’ in their second year. The integration essay will count towards 10% of the final mark in PB200, PB201, PB202, PB204 and PB205. The integration essay will discuss a topic investigated in one course and use its approach to integrate and debate approaches from two other courses taken in Year 2. For example, if you choose to base your integration essay in Developmental Psychology (this course) you will use a topic from this course as the basis for debating the treatment of that topic by theories from two of Biological Psychology (PB200), Cognitive Psychology (PB201), Social Psychology: Individuals, Groups and Culture (PB204) and Individual Differences and Why They Matter (PB205).
Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Total students 2019/20: Unavailable
Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable
Capped 2019/20: No
Value: Half Unit
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