Social and Emotional Development

Subject PSYC30016 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment for this subject is 170 hours.

Prerequisites: None

No corequisites are required for this subject

Recommended Background Knowledge:

Prior coursework in at least two Level 2 psychology subjects, including Developmental Psychology, is recommended. Level 2 psychology subjects are: Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Personality & Social Psychology.

Non Allowed Subjects:

512380 Personal and Social Development 3

512305 Developing Persons in Social Worlds

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards of Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Heidi Gazelle


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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Subject Overview:

This course provides a broad overview of history, theory, research methods, and research findings in social and emotional development. Content areas covered include emotional development, temperament, attachment, self development, social cognition, achievement motivation, sex differences, aggression, moral development, family and peer relationships, and schooling.

Learning Outcomes:

This course aims to provide students with:

  • an opportunity for engaging in critical evaluation of competing and complementary theories in social and emotional development
  • an overview of research findings in social and emotional development
  • an appreciation of methods for investigating social and emotional development

Written work of 2000 words (40%) to be submitted during semester. An examination of no more than two hours (60%) to be completed at the end of semester during the specified university examination period.

Each piece of assessment must be completed (hurdle requirement).

Attendance of at least 80% of the laboratory classes is a hurdle requierment. In case of failure to meet the hurdle requirement, additional work will be required before a passing grade can be awarded.

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

Students in this subject will be given appropriate opportunity and educational support to:

  • contrast and integrate theoretical perspectives
  • relate theory to methods
  • interpret research findings with respect to theory and methods
  • present, develop and support an argument for a position and anticipate criticism
  • relate theory and evidence to practice
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Psychology
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Related Breadth Track(s): The Developing Mind

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