Developmental Psychology Interactive

Course Synopsis

Have you ever wondered about the notion of identity? Or how and why our personalities develop? These are just some of the questions covered by the field of developmental psychology.

Through the exploration of concepts such as attachment, deprivation, privation, and gender, this course will introduce you to the fundamental theories of developmental psychology in an attempt to provide you with an overview of how humans change and develop over their lifetimes, and particularly at an early age. We will focus closely on a number of experiments that have taken place over the years and the different conclusions these have reached about human development, and will also focus on key case studies. These will provide you with an excellent base from which to undertake a university application, and useful discussion material for applications and interviews.

If you’re someone who is interested by the human brain, or about what makes us develop in the way we do, then this Developmental Psychology course is the perfect place to start your exploration into the human mind.


What’s Included?

This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.





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Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying biochemistry, medicine, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods.

Aims and Objectives

  • To understand the various influences that affect human development
  • To gain a closer understanding of key concepts such as attachment, deprivation, and behaviour
  • To gain an insight into the scientific methods involved in psychological investigations

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Understand some of the key factors that affect the way in which humans develop in their early years
  • Discuss a variety of important experiments and case studies that have contributed to our knowledge of human development


All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1

Introduction to Attachment

1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will introduce you to the key concepts of developmental psychology of attachment. It will discuss the different forms of attachment that have been found to exist as well as cross-cultural differences. On a more practical level, this first tutorial will teach you how to conduct experiments to observe and measure attachment and the potential problems associated with these experiments.

Tutorial 2

Theories of Attachment

1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will build upon the previous tutorial by exploring how and why attachment occurs. It will draw upon the well-established nature v. nurture debate in advancing two main theories relating to the issue.

Tutorial 3

Deprivation and Privation

1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will take a look at what happens in the absence of attachment. The two situations in which this can occur are called deprivation and privation respectively. The former focuses upon what happens when an attachment is broken, whilst the latter centres around what happens when an attachment was never formed in the first place.

Tutorial 4

Gender Development

1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will discuss the many different explanations as to why we behave as males and females. These explanations often fall within either the nature bracket or the nurture bracket of the scientific debate that we encountered earlier on in the course.

What’s Included?

All courses contain the following elements:

Interactive Tutorials
Online Quizzes
Access to the discussion forum
Access to all course resources
Certificate of completion

Key Details

Course Pre-Requisites Fluent/advanced level of English
An interest in the mind and in what makes us human
Course Level For students applying/thinking of applying to university for Psychology or other social sciences
This is an area-specific course, aimed at students trying to advance their knowledge of Psychology
Difficulty level: moderate
Fees £29.99
Workload 4 - 6 hours

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