Module Overview

Psychology Across the Life-Span

This module aims to build on the learning achieved in the earlier module, Psychology and Wellbeing. Areas such as cognitive functioning, social, emotional and physical development will be explored within the context of social, cultural and environmental factors. Consideration will be given to how social justice issues impact on human development. Key transitions at different stages of the lifespan will be examined. Theoretical knowledge of human development will be applied to social care settings.

Module Code

SSSC H1021

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Section 1: Influences on development

In this section key influences on development will be considered: 1. Life events 2. Culture 3.Family 4. Media. 5. Environment. Theoretical Perspectives on Social, Emotional, Cognitive and Physical development.

Section 2:Childhood Physical and Cognitive Development

Early childhood is a period of rapid physical growth and significant development in their cognitive abilities. In this section students will identify physical and cognitive developmental milestones from infancy through childhood. 1 Physical growth and motor coordination. 2. Development of brain and nervous system 3. Theories of cognitive development.

Section 3: Social Development in childhood

In this section students will gain an insight into the process by which a child learns to interact with others around them. 1. Parent-infant interactions 2. Development of attachment-Separation and deprivation-Implications of attachment theory for childcare policy. 3. The development of self. 4.How social learning impacts on the development of beliefs and values.

Section 4:Social and Emotional Supports

Students will explore how an individuals behaviour communicates important information about how they are feeling, coping and managing in their environment. The influence of 1.Positive Relationships 2.The Social Environment of the individuals 3.How parents/caregivers attitudes,experiences and knowledge can affect the way they respond to situations and behaviours . Develop knowledge of strategies and approaches to promote positive behaviour.

Section 5: Key Transitions in Adolescence and Adulthood

Key transitions in adolescence and Adulthood will be explored. 1. Theories such as Eriksson’s Psychosocial theory and Marcias identity status. 2. Physical, Cognitive and social changes in adolescence and adulthood. 3. Resilience and vulnerabilities at different stages in the lifespan.

Section 6: Social Justice Issues and Development

In this section students will be introduced to the concept of Social Justice and how social justice issues impact on individuals and society: 1. What is social Justice 2. Social justice and the social determinants of health. 3. How social justice issues, such as homelessness, living in direct provision and poverty impact on development.

Section 7:Human Rights Approach to Psychosocial Wellbeing

1.An overview of the human rights based approach.2. Application of psychology to promote human rights, wellbeing and dignity 3. Case studies on rights based approaches.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60