Psychology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Human Development 3H PSYCH4006

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides insight into aspects of human development across the lifespan.


Weekly one hour lectures

Excluded Courses



Examination 100% you will answer 1 question from a choice of 3

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course explores development and its diversity across the lifespan including childhood, adolescence and ageing. It explores social and emotional development, cognitive development and their necessary interactions and the impact of factors such as culture and context on these varied developments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Evaluate data collecting procedures in developmental psychology, especially in complex and vulnerable cohorts

■ Evaluate evidence from a range of empirical studies on age-related change at key stages through the life span from prenatal development through childhood, to adolescence, and into old age.

■ Discuss the evidence for risk and protective factors in development

■ Discuss the interplay between genetics and environment on development

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.