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Introduction to Psychology: Developmental Psychology

Examine the physical, cognitive and social development we undergo throughout our lives.

Introduction to Psychology: Developmental Psychology

This course is part of the Introduction to Psychology program, which will enable you to explore psychology with the option to start a Graduate Diploma in psychology.

Learn about the psychological changes that all humans go through

As humans, we experience three phases of development over our lifespan: physical, cognitive and social development.

On this course, you’ll investigate the key transitions associated with these phases of development, examining the psychological changes and exploring how and why these changes happen.

You’ll also consider whether development is continuous or discontinuous and to what extent development is influenced by nature or the environment, all before you explore designs and considerations for carrying out research in the discipline of psychology.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MATTHEW E.

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsMUNDY PHD: What psychological changes do we undergo throughout our lifespan? How and why do these changes happen? Hi. I'm Matthew Mundy, and I'm the Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University in Australia. In this course, you'll learn about developmental psychology. It's a field of psychology dedicated to studying the changes humans undergo throughout their life. You'll learn about the terms used in this field and find out about some of the key transitions associated with different phases of development that humans go through. As in other fields of psychology, research is important to developmental psychology.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsIn this course, you'll also get the opportunity to explore research designs and critical considerations for how and why we conduct experiments and compare the various theories that help us understand cognitive and social development. This introductory course is designed for everyone, regardless of your experience or your background. However, learners who have already completed a bachelor degree in a discipline other than psychology and who are interested in expanding their science and research skills would be able to receive additional benefits from completing this course. No prior study of psychology is required or expected. The great thing about this course is that it's part of the set of courses that create a for credit pathway into Monash University's fully online Graduate Diploma of Psychology.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 secondsThat means learners who successfully complete the full set of courses and who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology will receive one unit of academic credit. So if you want to learn more about the theories and phases of change that humans undergo throughout their life, and you're ready to complete a set of courses that prepares you to enter a fully online course by the School of Psychological Sciences that's ranked among the best in the world, then I encourage you to join us in this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to human development
  • Lifespan theories
  • Stages of development
  • The final stage of our lifespan

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain a range of terms used in developmental psychology.
  • Describe different research designs and critical considerations in developmental psychology.
  • Identify some of the key transitions associated with different phases of development throughout the lifespan.
  • Compare the various theories that help us understand cognitive and social development.

Who is the course for?

This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.

It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.

Complete this course, then the program

This course is part of the Introduction to Psychology Program, based on the first unit of Monash University’s fully online Graduate Diploma of Psychology (GDP).

Learners who successfully complete the seven courses in the Program and who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology will receive one unit of academic credit.

Who will you learn with?

Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy

I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.

Who developed the course?

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

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