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Unit information: Introduction to psychology for Childhood Studies in 2019/20

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Unit name Introduction to psychology for Childhood Studies
Unit code SPOL10016
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Jak Lee
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit will introduce students to the key ideas and issues in childhood psychology. It will cover a range of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains from conception to adolescence, and place these in their environmental and biological context.

The aims of this unit are to: Introduce major aspects of development from conception through to adolescence Demonstrate the integration of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains in development Understand the interchange between heredity and environment, considering culture and biology Provide knowledge of practical and applied implications of developmental research.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate: Familiarity with key developmental theories Understanding of the influence of environment on development Understanding of the biological bases of psychology Awareness of development as a lifelong process Knowledge of the principles and methods of developmental research

Teaching details

The unit will be taught via lectures, seminars and guided individual study. The seminars will include presentations by students, group discussion and various exercises designed to enhance the teaching and learning of the topics covered.

Assessment Details

Report on one aspect of a case study (1000 words) (25%)

Case Study (2000 words) (75%)

Reading and References

  • Smith P K, Cowie H & Blades M (2011) Understanding Development (5th Edn),
  • Chichester: Wiley Boyd D & Bee H L (2012) Lifespan Development (6th Edn)
  • Harlow: Pearson Education Berk L E (2010) Development Through the Lifespan, (5th Edn)
  • Boston: Allyn & Bacon Schacter D L, Gilbert D T, Wegner D M; adapted by Hood B (2012) Psychology , Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Slater A & Bremner J G (Eds) (2011) An Introduction to Developmental Psychology (2nd Ed), Leicester: BPS Blackwell