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    Child Development
    PSYC A209
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    Child Development
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2019
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Quota and Schedule
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2019
    Middle 2 terms 20
    Aut 2020

    Course Coordinator: Dr James Yu, BA (Rutgers); MA, PhD (Duquesne)

    Course Developer: The Open University, UK, Course Team

    Advisory prerequisite(s)
    You are advised to have completed PSYC A212 (DSE212) / PSYC A212C (SS212C) before taking PSYC A209.

    This is an introduction to the study of child psychology. The course aims to assist learners to: (a) master the main theoretical approaches to contemporary developmental psychology; (b) understand research conducted in the study of child development; (c) be able to discuss relevant issues and debates in the study of child development; and (d) apply theories and concepts in child psychology to educational and clinical settings

    The course covers the following topics:

    • The foundations of child development — This topic introduces the main concepts and approaches to child psychology with a special focus on the study of infancy. Contemporary discussions on developmental issues are also covered. Topics such as ‘how we study children, ‘babies’ minds’ and ‘simple beginnings?’ are all introduced and discussed.

    • Personal, social and emotional development of children — This topic focuses on the social and emotional development throughout childhood and adolescence, particularly in the context of the family. Topics such as ‘attachment, play and behavioural problems’ are examined and discussed.

    • Children’s cognitive and language development — This topic approaches cognitive development by examining children’s development in language, representation, intelligence, memory, reading, and mathematical and scientific thinking.

    • Influencing development — This topic serves as an extension of theories and topics discussed in the first three topics. The issue of relevancy of those psychological concepts and theories is examined in two strands: (1) applied strand; and (2) clinical strand.

    Learning support
    There are 18 tutorials and three day schools.

    There are eight assignments, constituting 50% of the course grade. Two of these assignments are small-scale research projects. A comprehensive final examination takes up the remaining 50%.

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

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