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Development of human behaviour.
This paper is concerned with the development of human behaviour, with an emphasis on social and cognitive development from infancy to old age. Theories of development are introduced in the context of topics such as the emergence of a concept of self, attachment, theory of mind, peer relations, prosocial and antisocial behaviour and autism. We will examine the implications of research in development for applied questions such as the effects on children of television, parenting and childcare.
|Paper title||Developmental Psychology|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2022 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,110.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in each of PSYC 210 and 212 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-328 concurrently with PSYC 211.
With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in PSYC 211 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-328 concurrently with PSYC 210 and 212.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Psychology's website
- Teaching staff
- Professor Ted Ruffman
- Paper Structure
- The paper will cover:
- The emergence of the self-concept
- Theory of mind
- Peer relations
- Prosocial and antisocial behaviour
- Applied developmental psychology
- Other life-span topics from conception to old age
Terms: A student who completes fewer than 50% of the assignments in a paper will not meet terms and may not sit the final examination in that paper.
- Teaching Arrangements
- One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour lecture per week.
- Required Reading:
- Low, J., & Jose, P. (Eds.) (2011). Lifespan development: New Zealand perspectives (2nd ed.).
- Peterson, Candida (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed.).
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will develop knowledge of many aspects of development from conception through to old age, with particular emphasis on cognitive development and social understanding.