Lifespan Development

Module code: PS7556

This module explores physical, cognitive, social, and cultural aspects of human development from infancy to old age. We will consider methodological aspects of research in this area and introduce you to major developmental theories. Following a chronological approach, you will learn about key topics in relation to typical and atypical development in each of the major stages of development: prenatal development, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, early adulthood (including emerging adulthood), middle adulthood, and late adulthood.

Examples of topics covered

  • Attachment 
  • Language acquisition 
  • Theory of mind 
  • Developmental disorders
  • Self-concept and identity development 
  • Emotional and cognitive development across the lifespan
  • Coping with death and dying
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