School of Psychology

Social Cognitive Development (C8045)

Social Cognitive Development

Module C8045

Module details for 2014/15.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module considers aspects of development that reflect the social nature of humans.
The module covers three broad areas: social cognition (e.g. normal development of theory of mind and its apparent absence in autism), self-reflection (e.g. the growth of self-consciousness and shyness) and self-regulation and agency (e.g. development of emotion regulation, cross-cultural and historical concepts of the person). The underlying theme is the role of cognitive development and social context in children's developing understanding of themselves and others. The module is structured to enable participants to study a chosen topic in depth, while also viewing it from the theoretical contexts of the other topics addressed.
This module builds on knowledge gained in the core psychology module C8546: Developmental Psychology. Students who are not enrolled on the BSc Psychology course at Sussex are expected to have knowledge of developmental theory and of social, cognitive, and language development at Year 2 level. Helpful overviews of these topics can be found in many textbooks on child development.

Module learning outcomes

Provide a critical and constructive review of their area of study.

Present orally and with visual aids a coherent account of their area of study.

Plan and produce an extended essay in the specified area of study.

Search and make appropriate judgements of electronic sources in researching a question.

Essay (3000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Wed 16:0070.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PresentationT1 Week 11 (15 minutes)100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours100111111110
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111000000000
Autumn SemesterWorkshop2 hours001000000002

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

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