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Postgraduate Course: Applied Developmental Psychopathology (CLPS11037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to both established and emerging paradigms of mental illness as applied to children and young people.
Course description The course considers lay perspectives on mental illness followed by a recapping of theories of child development and introduction of key concepts of developmental psychopathology. It focuses on key theories of developmental psychopathology and critically examines their application to understanding the experiences of children and young people, families, services and wider society.

As the course develops, and through a range of media including case studies, students will develop a critical awareness and understanding of social, interpersonal, cognitive, emotional and behavioural patterns, within a developmental context, and the impact these can have on the individual child, the family and their broader context. Students will also consider the importance and the impact of social, emotional and cultural contexts on the development of psychological difficulties, with a focus on family functioning. This understanding is framed within models of developmental psychopathology with a strong focus on attachment and the biopsychosocial framework, and with a view to critically evaluate the medical model of mental health.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 19/09/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Other Study Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 143 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Navigating LEARN space, reading instructions, planning.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One group submission (20%)
One individual assignment (80%)
Feedback Formative feedback will be given on a group presentation.

Summative feedback will be given on the group submission and individual assignment as detailed above.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Conceptualise, analyse and present the essential theoretical models of developmental psychopathology and abnormal psychology.
  2. Demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical understanding of pathways to abnormal development including the influence of social, emotional and biological factors.
  3. Demonstrate the critical and reflective application of a balanced understanding of risk and resilience factors in children and adolescents who present with significant psychopathology.
  4. Critically appraise the impact of abnormal development on the wider functioning of the individual child and the family.
  5. Reflect on the current theoretical basis for clinical practice and apply different conceptual frameworks to individual clinical presentations, and the evaluation of clinical services.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical analysis
* Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability and working with others
* Technical and practical skills
* Communication, numeracy and IT skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Monja Knoll
Tel: (0131 6)50 3481
Course secretaryMiss Vanda De Luca
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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