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PSYC464 Development and Psychopathology

Biological and environmental contributions to typical and atypical development from infancy to adolescence.

Advanced study of typical and atypical development and factors that influence developmental outcomes is important to many sectors in society - parents, policy analysts and practitioners. Its particular relevance for practitioners is reflected in its inclusion as a core competency for psychologists who aim to register as psychologists under the clinical and educational psychology scopes of practice.
This paper addresses issues in both typical and atypical development, with an emphasis on research-informed teaching and considerations regarding the implications of knowledge of development and of research evidence for practice and policy.

Paper title Development and Psychopathology
Paper code PSYC464
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,282.09
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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Admission requires an average grade of at least B+ in 300-level PSYC papers and satisfactory performance in PSYC 311.
Entry into Psychology 400-level normally requires a major in Psychology, a B+ average or higher in Psychology 300-level papers, and a pass in PSYC 311 Quantitative Methods. We highly recommend that students have completed PSYC 310. Students from other universities must show evidence of an equivalent level of competence.
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Teaching staff
Lecturers: Professor Elaine Reese or Dr Elizabeth Schaughency
Paper Structure
This paper explores issues in typical and atypical development, considering the contributions of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology. Course material includes topical issues affecting children and young people and current research and theory in child psychopathology, examining each in the context of our growing knowledge of child development and factors relating to developmental outcomes.

Internal Assessment: 60% of the final grade will consist of two pieces of written work and oral presentations in class.
Teaching Arrangements
Three hours on Thursdays and Fridays
Weekly readings will be assigned from primary research material and selected book chapters.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
The goals of this paper are
  • To develop literacy in development and developmental psychopathology, a base of knowledge pertaining to development and developmental psychopathology and recognition of psychopathology within a developmental context
  • To provide the context and groundwork for the development of a strong conceptual understanding of models of psychopathology (contributors and development) and the ability to think critically and scientifically about such models
  • To foster curiosity about contributors to developmental outcomes, to encourage participation in research into development and developmental psychopathology and to stimulate learning from research in the field
  • To promote the capacity and desire for lifelong learning around issues affecting children and young people, as critical consumers in society and/or for self-directed continuing education for career development in professional psychology
  • To enhance the academic skills and other personal attributes (e.g. communication, community, ethical awareness, social responsibility) relevant to promoting the welfare of children and young people in society and required for a career in professional psychology

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
M1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41