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Developmental Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2020/21

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Module Name:

Developmental Psychology

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Module Convener

Hester Duffy & Kate Messenger

Module Teachers


Module Aims

The module builds on the first year developmental module of Psychology in Context by exploring current research in infancy, childhood and adolescence. 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. Students should be aware of 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 essay & essay-style exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 weeks


1 two-hour lecture per week


1 seminar per fortnight


Attendance at both lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment


Assessed work:



Exam: One two-hour unseen examination


Module Reading List

Gillibrand, R., Lam, V., & O’Donnell, V. (2011). Developmental Psychology. Harlow: Prentice-Hall Slater, A. & Bremner, J.G. (2011). An Introduction to Developmental Psychology (2nd ed). Oxford: Blackwell Thornton, S. (2008). Understanding Human Development. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.