PSY-40125 - Social and Developmental Psychology
Coordinator: Jenny Cole Room: N/A
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

In Developmental Psychology you will study detailed and specific examples of research examining aspects of child development; topics explore areas such as looking at children's earliest understanding of objects and events and their growing appreciation of self and others as well as how the family context shapes their development. In Social Psychology, you will explore how both internal and external factors shape people's understanding and explanations of their social world and examine psychological explanations for attitudes and behaviour that occur within and between groups. It will allow you to understand how they relate to the development of psychology as a discipline and to other areas in psychology. You will also be encouraged to develop skills to apply the theories and techniques you learn in a professional context and communicate these ideas in relevant ways, for example you might be asked to present an intervention for a school or a social intervention in a hospital.

This module will enable students to develop an advanced knowledge of social psychology and developmental psychology, to understand current issues in their study and to critically evaluate theories and research in these areas. Students will also be encouraged to recognise not only that social and developmental aspects are often highly integrated, but also that they interact with biological, cognitive and other aspects in psychology, to determine how we interact and develop. Moreover, this module will aim to help students develop, where possible, an appreciation of cultural and individual differences in psychology. The module will cover both social and developmental psychology in a range of applied contexts to demonstrate the utility of such knowledge to students in a practical sense.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe, explain, and critically evaluate key issues, theories, and research in developmental and social psychology: 1,2,3
reflect on the ways in which different perspectives in psychology can be integrated to give a holistic view of human thought and behaviour: 1
apply social and developmental psychological theories to a professional context: 2

Study hours

Asynchronous teaching:
24 x 2 hours = 48 hours asynchronous teaching. Total teaching = 48 hours.
Independent study: 1 x 72 hours to complete the essay = 72 hours.
1 x 48 hours to complete the presentation = 48 hours.
Total assessment prep = 120 hours.
Independent and guided reading = 132 hours.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 40%
Social Issues Essay
Students will be provided with a short list of approved topics in which they are asked to use theories and findings to explain an authentic social issue (e.g. Discuss the ways in which attitudes towards immigration can be explained by at least two social psychological perspectives). 2000 words

2: Presentation weighted 40%
Lifespan Presentation
A presentation for a proposed intervention in a developmental context (based upon a provided scenario) which integrates material representing two developmental theories or approaches. Students will submit narrated slides. (20 minutes).

3: Multiple Choice Questions - Knowledge weighted 20%
Multiple choice quiz
Students will complete a total of 8 MCQ's through semester 1 and 2. Four will be on developmental topics and four on social. Students' marks will be calculated from the best 6 of the 8 tests. Each test will comprise approximately 10 questions.