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CODE PSY1623

 
TITLE Developmental Psychology 2

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Psychology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit builds on Developmental Psychology 1 and continues the journey in human development from adolescence to late adulthood. It provides a general understanding of the current theoretical issues and research findings in developmental psychology within a lifespan, biopsychosocial perspective. It gives students a broad understanding of the psychology of adolescence and adulthood development and ageing. Themes underlying the study-unit will be: research strategies for use with adolescents, adults and older adults; theoretical issues in adolescent and adulthood development; current debates and topics in adolescent and adulthood development.

Tentative Study-unit Outline:

Part 1: Adolescence

Theoretical and research issues in the study of adolescence; physical and sexual development, adolescent sexuality and pregnancy, health issues and risky behaviour; cognitive and moral development, schooling and achievement; developmental changes in self concept and the quest for self-definition, relationships with parents and process towards independence, relationships with peers and peer pressure, personality development; the impact of family system and broader social context on adolescent development.

Part 2: Adulthood Development and Ageing

Studying adulthood development and ageing: assumptions and background, issues in, and principles, of adult development, a biopsychosocial approach to adult development and ageing, research issues in the study of adulthood development; physical development and health in adulthood; cognitive development: theories of cognitive functioning in adulthood, changes in cognitive functioning; work and leisure; socio-emotional development in adulthood: relationships, personality development, mental health; death, dying and bereavement.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Describe theories of human development across the lifecycle;
• Identify the main developmental tasks of the periods of the lifespan;
• Discuss the specific areas of development, most notably biological, socio-emotonal and cognitive development;
• Discuss the influence of social contexts on human development.

Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Integrate material covered in the study unit;
• Employ the concepts discussed in the study unit to different phases of human development;
• Critically engage with the theoretical constructs presented in the unit;
• Judge the reliability and validity of the research presented in the unit.

Required Texts:

- Santrock, J (2012) Adolescence (14th Ed) USA: McGraw Hill.
- Whitebourne S. (2011) Adulthood development and Ageing (4th Ed) USA: John Wiley Inc.

Reading List:
- Stuart-Hamilton, I (2012). The Psychology of Ageing: An Introduction(5th Ed) London: Jessica Kingsley.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS Before TAKING THIS STUDY-UNIT YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PSY1622

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to students with Psychology as an area of study.

Please note that the pre-requisites for this study-unit are not required for non-BPsy students.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Paul A. Bartolo
Edward Curmi
Greta Darmanin Kissaun

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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