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Learn about the psychological changes that all humans go through
As humans, we experience three phases of development over our lifespan: physical, cognitive and social development.
On this course, you’ll investigate the key transitions associated with these phases of development, examining the psychological changes and exploring how and why these changes happen.
You’ll also consider whether development is continuous or discontinuous and to what extent development is influenced by nature or the environment, all before you explore designs and considerations for carrying out research in the discipline of psychology.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Explain a range of terms used in developmental psychology.
- Describe different research designs and critical considerations in developmental psychology.
- Identify some of the key transitions associated with different phases of development throughout the lifespan.
- Compare the various theories that help us understand cognitive and social development.
This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.
It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.
What topics will you cover?
- Introduction to human development
- Lifespan theories
- Stages of development
- The final stage of our lifespan
Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy
I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.
Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities ranked in the world’s top 1% (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
Monash University was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958. In little more than 50 years, the University has become Australia’s largest university, earning an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence. Monash University is the youngest member of the Group of Eight, the coalition of Australia’s most prestigious research-intensive universities.
Monash is a global university possessing the ambition and ability to address momentous global challenges. It has campuses in Australia, China, Malaysia and South Africa as well as an education centre in Italy, and major partnerships with universities in the UK and India. For more information, visit www.monash.edu
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