Psychology of Childhood (C8813)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to the study of developmental psychology by providing an overview of child development from birth through preadolescence.

You will learn about some of the key influences that have made you who you are today.

This module has three main aims:

  • provide an overview of child development from birth through adolescence in four overarching areas: genetic influences to development (e.g. temperament), emotional development (e.g., attachment), cognitive development (e.g. Piaget), and social development (e.g. peer relations).
  • introduce you to the key themes in developmental psychology study such as explaining individual differences, (dis)continuity, and the concept of the active child.
  • explore and evaluate scientific evidence in the aforementioned areas.


79%: Lecture
21%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 28 hours of contact time and about 122 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: