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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Advanced Developmental Psychology
Module Code PSYC304
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Richard Lombard Vance
Semester 2: Richard Lombard Vance
Autumn: Richard Lombard Vance
Module TeachersPamela Gallagher
Clare Bohan
Emma Nicholson
Richard Lombard Vance
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The module extends the study of developmental psychology into adult development. The module aims to provide the student with an understanding of developmental psychology across the lifespan, with specific emphasis on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual and relational contexts of adult development. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the theories, themes and concepts in developmental psychology and appreciate that development continues throughout the lifespan. In addition, students will learn about current issues involved in lifespan developmental research, together with specific empirical studies that address contemporary developmental research questions. Students will also examine quantitative and qualitative research approaches pertinent to the study of development across the lifespan and explore, in particular, longitudinal, life course and life history methodologies as applied in current contexts.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the major and contemporary theories, themes and concepts of developmental psychology specifically applied to adulthood
2. Appreciate the complexity of social and environmental factors pertaining to developmental psychology and their potential impact on individual developmental outcomes across the lifespan.
3. Review the range of research approaches most relevant to the study of development across the lifespan.
4. Critically evaluate particular research methodologies employed in applied developmental psychology and consider the application of research in policy and practice
5. Integrate knowledge on broad themes and communicate same in a clear, concise and scholarly manner

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Lectures based on indicative content and learning outcomes
Tutorial4Mentor and student led
Assignment Completion40No Description
Independent Study61No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Lifespan Development: Childhood to Adulthood
Introductory primer on lifespan development; including child and adolescent development.

Theoretical approaches to and contemporary conceptualisations of lifespan development.
Major and contemporary theory and themes

Research in Lifespan Development
Review of research methods and applications of research

Transitions Across the Lifespan
Stability and change throughout the lifespan

Cognitive Development
Cognitive Development and Functioning

Contexts Of Development
Contexts Of Development in Adulthood: Family, Social, cultural, political

Psychological Health and Well-being Across the Lifespan
Psychological Adaption and Mental Health; Resilience and Risk Across the Lifespan

Physical, Social and Psychological Changes; Positive Aging Perspectives

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentProvide a summary of recent research in the field and consider the implications of the findings for policy and/or practice in the area of Lifespan Development.100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Kuther, T.L.: 2018, Lifespan Development in Context: A Topical Approach., Sage, London,
  • Santrock, J.: 2018, Essentials of Lifespan Development, 5th, McGraw Hill, New York,
  • Santrock, J.: 2015, Lifespan Development, 15th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York,
  • Moody, H. & Sasser, J.: 2012, Aging: Concepts and Controversies, 7th, Sage,
  • Lerner, R. M., Jacobs, F., & Wertlieb, D.: 2005, Applied Developmental Science: An advanced textbook, Sage Publications Inc., Thousand Oaks, California,
  • Cavanaugh, J & Blanchard-Fields, S.: 2011, Adult Development and Aging, 6th, Cengage Learning,
  • Bjorklund, B: 2011, The Journey of Adulthood, 7th, Pearson,
  • Crofter, S., Maunder, R., & Soulsby, L.: 2019, Developmental Transitions: Exploring stability and change through the lifespan, Routledge, New York, NY.,
  • Bee, H. & Boyd, D.: 2009, Lifespan Development, 5th Edition, Allyn & Bacon, Boston,
  • Lemme, B.: 2005, Development in Adulthood, 4th, Allyn & Bacon, Boston,
  • Erikson, E.H.: 1994, Identity and the Life Cycle, Norton & Co.,
Other Resources

0, Journal, 0, Journal of Adult Development, 0, Journal, 0, Developmental Psychology, 0, Journal, 0, Developmental Review, 0, Journal, 0, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 0, Journal, 0, Human Development, 0, Journal, 0, Psychology and Aging, 0, Journal, 0, Journal of Gerontology, 0, Journal, 0, International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 54938, Journal, 0, Applied Developmental Science,
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