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PS348 - Issues in Families and Development

  • Module code: PS348
  • Module name: Issues in Families and Development
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This is an advanced module focusing on child development in unusual circumstances, whether because of the family situation or a disorder of development. The first part of the module will focus on child development in different family situations, including single parent families, lesbian-led families, families created using assisted reproduction, and adoptive families. The significance of other family factors, such as marital satisfaction and parental psychological health, for child development will also be considered. The second part of the module will focus on difficulties and disorders of development, including dyslexia, autism, attention deficit disorder and language impairment. Issues in the definition and diagnosis of developmental disorders will also be examined.

Principal learning outcomes

"At the end of the module, students should be able to: Understand how family structure can affect development, with particular reference to father-absent families; Identify the aspects of parenting and child development that may differ between natural conception families and those created through assisted reproduction or adoption, and explain the reasons for these differences; Assess the influence of parental marital conflict and parental psychiatric disorder on children’s psychological development; Understand how developmental disorders can be defined and the benefits and limitations of these methods; Demonstrate knowledge of the symptoms and possible causes of a range of developmental difficulties, including autism, language impairment and ADHD; Show an understanding of the interaction between genetics and the environment in determining a child’s development. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Length of module: 12 weeks. One lecture per week; one seminar per week Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS348-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 33%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 33%
locally Adminstered Exam 34%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Psychology (C800) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4