This module will extend students understanding of the main theories underpinning childhood, adolescent, and life-span development, and to understand the development of social relations, cognitive and language development with a range of social and cultural contexts
Module will run
Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21
To extend students understanding of the main theories underpinning childhood, adolescent, and life-span development, and to understand the development of social relations, cognitive and language development with a range of social and cultural contexts
To build on students understanding of major theoretical perspectives on how social relations influence social cognition, learner attitudes and group relations, especially within an education context
To enable students to analyse a range of information across disciplines and to critically engage with the overlaps between these disciplines
To enable students to be able to compare and contrast alternative means of gathering and evaluating data within developmental and social psychology
To extend students understanding of the historical changes in developmental and social psychological theories and research
Module learning outcomes
Critically examine the ways in which childhood and adolescent development, including development of attachment and social relations influences learner development and identity
Examine gender and cultural influences on development and socialisation
Understand diverse theoretical perspectives on the ways in which social and cognitive development across the life-span impacts learners functioning in educational environments
Critically examine major theories explaining how social psychological processes, such as the development of learner attitudes, learner attributions, group relations and close relationships arise in childhood and adolescence
Demonstrate an awareness of the interplay between the development of social psychological processes and learner socialisation
Understand the interaction between emotional and social development and learner socialisation across all stages of education
Academic and graduate skills
Formulate academic arguments in written and oral form
Manage a range of sources and critically evaluate the reliability and validity of these in informing and supporting academic argumentation
Analyse the ways in which theories and data from differing disciplines can inform each other and enhance understanding (in this case, of learning development and socialisation)
Use the VLE and Internet effectively
Week 2 Foundations of development Week 3 Birth and infancy (and attachment) Week 4 Early childhood (and play) Week 5 Middle childhood (and siblings) Week 6 Early adolescence (and peers and bullying) Week 7 Adolescence (and gender) Week 8 Emerging adulthood
Week 9 Development in adulthood & Ageing Week 10 Summing up & How to write an essay
Special assessment rules
Each component of the module's assessment must be passed. Compensation is possible between components. The module itself can be compensated. Any component where a potentially compensatory mark is not achieved must be reassessed.
Written feedback on assignment report sheet and face-to- face feedback in supervisions. The feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information.
Smith, P.K., & Hart, C.H. (2011). The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Child Social Development. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.
Perry, A. (2009). Teenagers and attachment: helping adolescents engage with life and learning. London: Worth Publishing.
Hogg, M.A., & Cooper, J. (2007). The SAGE Handbook of Social Psychology. Los Angeles, London: SAGE.
Geddes, H. (2005). Attachment in the classroom: the links between childrens early experience, emotional well-being and performance in school. London: Worth Publishing.