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Development, Difference & Diversity (PGT Conv) PSYCH5037

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to provide an analysis of the nature, origins, developmental course and provision for difference in  development. It will critically evaluate theories and research related to the psychological development of children with physical disabilities, developmental psychopathologies and gifted development.


2 hours of lectures over a 5 week blcok

Requirements of Entry

Standard University entry requirements for Post-graduate courses apply.

For MSc Psychological Science 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.


The assignment will have two elements 1. Students will design an information pamphlet for families on their chosen area of atypical development, covering information on causes, identification, implications and provision. 2. Students will provide a 2,500 word accompanying critical reflection on the theory and research that informed the content of their information pamphlet.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

- provide an understanding of the abilities of children whose development is in some way different. 

- examine the origins of different forms of development and investigate the psychological and social impact for children.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

- assess the different methodological and ethical  complexities associated with research into difference in development

- evaluate the role of the environment and genetics in development that is different from the norm

- critically evaluate debates related to the identification of, and provision for, children demonstrating an atypical developmental trajectory.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.