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Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying psychology, social sciences, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods.

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Course Summary

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Have you ever wondered about the notion of identity? Or how and why our personalities develop? These are just some of the questions covered by the field of developmental psychology.

Through the exploration of concepts such as attachment, deprivation, privation, and gender, this course will introduce you to the fundamental theories of developmental psychology in an attempt to provide you with an overview of how humans change and develop over their lifetimes, and particularly at an early age. We will focus closely on a number of experiments that have taken place over the years and the different conclusions these have reached about human development, and will also focus on key case studies. These will provide you with an excellent base from which to undertake a university application, and useful discussion material for applications and interviews.

If you’re someone who is interested by the human brain, or about what makes us develop in the way we do, then this Developmental Psychology course is the perfect place to start your exploration into the human mind.

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Syllabus

Tutorial 1: Introduction to Attachment (1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will introduce you to the key concepts of developmental psychology of attachment. It will discuss the different forms of attachment that have been found to exist as well as cross-cultural differences. On a more practical level, this first tutorial will teach you how to conduct experiments to observe and measure attachment and the potential problems associated with these experiments.


Tutorial 2: Theories of Attachment (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will build upon the previous tutorial by exploring how and why attachment occurs. It will draw upon the well-established nature v. nurture debate in advancing two main theories relating to the issue.


Tutorial 3: Deprivation and Privation (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will take a look at what happens in the absence of attachment. The two situations in which this can occur are called deprivation and privation respectively. The former focuses upon what happens when an attachment is broken, whilst the latter centres around what happens when an attachment was never formed in the first place.


Tutorial 4: Gender Development (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will discuss the many different explanations as to why we behave as males and females. These explanations often fall within either the nature bracket or the nurture bracket of the scientific debate that we encountered earlier on in the course.


Key Details

Course Pre-requisites Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for science, with particular reference to Psychology This course would suit students studying towards A-level Sociology/Psychology or equivalent, and in particular those interested in further university study of Psychology.
Course Level For students applying to university to study Psychology, Medicine, Social Sciences or related subjects
Difficulty Moderate
Prior Knowledge No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.
Fees £29.99
Workload 4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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