PY2DSPA-Developmental and Social Psychology for students studying abroad

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: PY1PR Psychological Research and PY1DV Developmental Psychology
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: PY2CNSA Cognition and Neuroscience for students studying abroad PY2RMA Research Methods and Data Analysis for students studying abroad
Modules excluded: PY2TA Typical and Atypical Development or PY2TA1 Typical and Atypical Development 1 or PY2PS1 Personality and Social Psychology 1 or PY2SD Social and Differential Psychology
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Beth Law


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Developmental and Social Psychology for Students Studying Abroad


Students are introduced to topics in human development and social psychology with the aim of students furthering understanding in both these large fields of psychology.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate depth and breadth of understanding of theory and research in various aspects of typical human development.

  2. Provide constructive critique of selected research studies from the developmental literature.

  3. Demonstrate depth and breadth of understanding of understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality


Provide critical evaluation of empirical research and its relationship to theory in social psychology and personality

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Topics covered in the module will be selected from a list such as:

  • Perceptual development

  • Language development

  • The self and self-regulation

Group processes and inter-group relations

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching will be by lecture, supported by online assignments set each week.

  • Each week's lecture will require reading and private study by the student.

  • Online assessment of students' understanding of material covered in developmental and social psychology lectures will be offered, to provide feedback on their level of understanding and help students prepare for the end-of-term test. 

  • A seminar will allow students an opportunity to discuss the material covered in developmental psychology lectures and gain feedback on an essay written on topics covered in the module.

Blackboard facilities will include links to off-site multimedia, and a Discussion Board, for interactive off-line discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 32
Seminars 4
Guided independent study 164
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed by a combination of weekly set exercises (20%) and two coursework essays (30% and 50%).

Students will answer weekly Continuous Assessment Questions (CAQs) designed to assess an advanced understanding of the material covered weekly.

Students will write two essays. One will be based on material introduced in a seminar covering topics in developmental psychology (30%). The second will be an extended essay based on independent study covering topics in social psychology. 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Examination in August / September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 1 October 2018


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