This topic builds upon information about human development mastered in previous topics. It will extend students' understanding of developmental changes in a number of domains of human functioning and of key theories in developmental psychology. In particular, it will address biological, social, linguistic and cognitive development. Other areas that may be discussed include, but are not limited to, atypical patterns of development and research designs for the study of human development. A topical, rather than a chronological approach is adopted. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the ethical considerations that are relevant to research on human development, and to collect and analyse data concerning human development.
This topic aims to: