Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours of lectures and/or seminars. [Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours.] |
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment: 108 hours per semester.
|Prerequisites:||There are no prerequisites for this subject|
|Corequisites:||There are no corequisites for this subject|
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A psychology accredited major sequence
|Non Allowed Subjects:||There are no non allowed subjects|
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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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CoordinatorAssoc Prof Robert Reeve
12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)
Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377
The general aim is to review advances in developmental research by analysing recent perspectives on the question of how best to conceptualise the impact of genetic, biological, neurological, cognitive, affective, interpersonal, social and cultural factors on the developing individual. The unifying aim is to analyse the theoretical, measurement and policy implications of contemporary claims about the nature of development. The nature of the correspondences between models of developmental processes and the analytical models used to explore those processes receive particular attention. A number of topics are examined in depth to highlight salient developmental issues. Recent research on the origins of young children's social and cognitive competencies is analysed to assess claims about the domain specific and domain general nature of development. Hypotheses about genetic influences on development are also critically analysed. Claims about the impact of social factors (peers, parents, social environments, cultures) are reviewed to 1) explore the ways in which external influences are thought to affect development; 2) examine the contribution of the person to his or her own development; and 3) assess the limitations of analytic methods used to test claims about influences and contributions. Other issues covered include interactions between biological predispositions and environment conditions; the role of culture in the development of the individual; ways of theorising and measuring development change; specific versus general competencies; and, the implications of research for social policy and practice.
The subject aims to:
Students will complete a 3000-3500-word essay, worth 90% of the subject assessment (due at the end of the semester), and two hurdle requirements: 1) a class seminar presentation, presented between weeks 2 and 10 of semester and 2) a 500-word essay plan that specifies their assignment's aims, arguments and structure (worth 10%) (due in week 9 of semester). Students must complete the hurdle requirements, or equivalent, to pass the subject. |
Attendance at 80% or more of classes is a hurdle requirement. In case of failure to meet the hurdle requirement, additional work will be required before a passing grade can be awarded.
|Prescribed Texts:||There are no prescribed texts|
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Students in this subject will be given appropriate opportunity and educational support to develop the following skills:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology |
Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours)
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology
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