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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Developmental Psychology across the Lifespan
Module Code PSYC504
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Richard Lombard Vance
Semester 2: Richard Lombard Vance
Autumn: Richard Lombard Vance
Module TeachersSimon Dunne
Clare Bohan
Emma Nicholson
Richard Lombard Vance
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module aims: To increase the students’ knowledge and critical awareness of the theoretical and research approaches relevant to development across the lifespan from childhood through adulthood; to encourage students’ critical evaluation of the current approaches and evidence base across the core areas of physical, cognitive, educational, social, emotional, sexual and psychological health and wellbeing in the field of developmental psychology; to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to handle complexity in the area in a developmental and integrative manner; and to prepare students to act as knowledgeable contributors to the field of developmental psychology.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the key concepts and controversies at the forefront of lifespan development.
2. Appreciate the complexity of social and environmental factors and contemporary contexts pertaining to developmental psychology and their potential impact on individual developmental outcomes across the lifespan.
3. Formulate judgements on current issues in the area through critical reviews of the literature.
4. Evaluate research methodologies employed in applied developmental psychology and consider the application of research for 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 tutorials
Assignment Completion30No Description
Independent Study71Required reading, literature searches and other independent learning
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

Theoretical approaches to and contemporary conceptualisations of lifespan development
Review of major and contemporary 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 across the lifespan: 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 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: 2018, Lifespan Development in Context: A Topical Approach, SAGE, UK,
  • Santrock, J. W.: 2018, Essentials of Life Span Development, 5th, McGraw Hill, New York, US,
  • Lerner, R. M., Jacobs, F., & Wertlieb, D.: 2005, Applied Developmental Science: An Advanced Textbook, Sage Publications, Inc, Thousand Oaks, California,
  • Crafter, S., Maunder, R., & Soulsby, L: 0, Developmental Transitions: Exploring stability and change through the lifespan, Routledge, New York, NY,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MPCMSc in Psychology (Conversion)

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