Postgraduate Course: Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology (CLPS11054)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides a critical overview of theories and research on developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology.
The course is composed of five x 2.5-hour lectures: Theoretical approaches in developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology, infant development, childhood cognitive development, childhood social development, adolescence. This course introduces students to a range of developmental psychology theories and applies these to understanding mental health and illness.
The lectures will be complemented by resources and teaching materials made available through LEARN. Students will also be encouraged to contribute to student-led discussions through LEARN around the materials provided within the course. Encouragement of peer discussion will support students in engaging in deeper critical reflection on the theories presented in the lectures and associated materials. It will also enhance their consideration of how developmental psychology can help us understand mental health and illness.
The course is a core component of the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) but will be open to others at the discretion of the course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 12.5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Summative assessment will be two extended essays (up to 1,000 words each) from a choice of 10 essay questions.
||Formative Feedback will be given on an online quiz covering material already considered in class.
Summative feedback will be given on the course papers.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of developmental psychology.
- Demonstrate psychological literacy in all aspects of students' lives.
- Demonstrate critical reflection on how developmental psychological perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness.
|Carr, D. (2006). The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach (3rd Edition). London: Routledge.|
Coleman, J. ( 2011). The Nature of Adolescence. London: Routledge.
Smith, P.K., Cowie, H. & Blades, M. (2011). Understanding Children's Development. (5th Edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Slater, A. & Bremner, G. (2011). An introduction to Developmental Psychology (2nd Edition). Oxford: BPS Blackwell.
Herbert, M. (2003). Typical and Atypical Development: From Conception to Adolescence. Oxford: BPS Blackwell
Goswami, U. (2008). Cognitive Development: The learning brain. Hove: Psychology Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse data and information in various formats and from a range of sources
Develop your research methods and data analysis skills
Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
|Course organiser||Prof Joanne Williams
Tel: (0131 6)51 6339
|Course secretary||Miss Sanni Ahonen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890