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Developmental Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

Module Code:


Module Name:

Developmental Psychology

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Hester Duffy & Kate Messenger

Module Teachers

Suzanne Aussems

Module Aims

The key findings in Developmental Psychology will be linked to examples from atypical development and education. The module is necessarily selective and focuses primarily on cognitive and social development in childhood. The module links with the adult cognitive and social psychological literature, particularly in the areas of reasoning, language and social relationships.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Understand classical and contemporary theoretical views of child development.

  • Describe and evaluate the main findings in cognitive developmental psychological research.

  • Describe and evaluate the main findings in social developmental psychological research.

  • Show an understanding of how different influences interact in development.

Assessed by:

Critical review & exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 Weeks


1 two-hour lecture per week


1 seminar per fortnight


Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Critical Review





Module Programme

Developmental beginnings Cognitive development Language development Memory and Number development Cognitive development in wider contexts Children’s close relationships Peers, popularity, and views of the self Moral development Understanding of emotions and mental states Adolescence Revision Revision

Module Reading List

Slater, & Bremner (2017). An Introduction to Developmental Psychology (3rd ed) - BF713.I54

Gillibrand, Lam, & O’Donnell (2016). Developmental Psychology (2nd ed) - BF713.G535

Smith, Cowie, & Blades (2015). Understanding Children's Development (6th ed) - BF721.S57325