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Fundamental Concepts in Developmental Psychology


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Our Fundamental Concepts in Developmental Psychology short course will introduce you to key theories and research findings in developmental and lifespan psychology. The focus will be on development in childhood and adolescence, adulthood and old age. The course explores a range of topics such as psychosexual development, parenting and families. Consideration is also given to the impact of culture on our understanding of developmental processes. You will be helped to consider ways in which such theories fall short, and why this might be. You will also be encouraged to reflect on the ways in which theories studied may be applied to your understanding of yourself and others.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • Child development: Piaget and Vygotsky and their implications for education
  • Child development: attachment and its impact on learning
  • Adolescence and emerging adulthood
  • Early and middle adulthood
  • Psychosexual development throughout the lifespan
  • Parenting (and families)
  • Old age
  • What's the point of a university education?
  • The development of thought in adulthood
  • Cultural perspectives on development
  • Summary and critique of methods, assumptions and application

The Fundamental Concepts in Developmental Psychology short course will be of interest to anyone interested in developmental psychology, and the changing psychological function, needs and processes from birth to old age. This includes parents and those working in health and social care who want to learn more about psychological theories across the human lifespan and how the theories and research can be applied to everyday life.

This 11-week course is assessed via two pieces of coursework. If you do not want to gain credit, you can still take the course without completing assessments.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.