Module Title:The Psychology of Children & Childhood
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes will be achieved through lectures, class discussions, reading of books, reviews of up-to-date peer reviewed journal articles and independent reading and learning.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an overview of the psychological growth and development of the human person, with a particular emphasis on infancy and childhood. The module focuses on introducing the learner to major theorists from the discipline of child psychology and the field of childhood studies. The criticisms of mainstream child psychology will be included both from critical psychologists and from childhood scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss the interaction between nature and nurture in theories of children's psychological development.
LO2 Present a written account of the work of major theorists in the discipline of child psychology in relation to cognitive, emotional, social, moral and personality development.
LO3 Summarize criticisms of the discipline of child psychology from critical child psychologists, sociologists of childhood and scholars from the multidisciplinary field of childhood studies.
LO4 Provide verbal and written accounts of professional practice with children, underpinned by contrasting theoretical perspectives.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Nature/Nurture Debate
Review of the history of Child Psychology and mainstream approaches to understanding children's development.
Schools of Psychology
Overview of Cognitive, Psychoanalytic and Humanistic Schools.
Cognitive Development
(Piaget, Vygotsky, Donaldson)
Social, Emotional and Personality Development
(Freud, Bowlby, Ainsworth, Rutter, Erikson, Winnicott)
Ecological Theories
(Bronfenbrenner, Elder)
Moral Development
(Piaget, Kohlberg, Gilligan)
Gender identity
Influences, stereotypes, socialization and sexualisation of children
Criticisms of Child Psychology
Critical Psychology, Sociology of Childhood and Childhood Studies (Burman, Woodhead, James and Prout)
Globalised childhoods
Children growing up in globalized contexts (Ennew, Katz, Woodhead)
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay This will consist of a written assignment whereby students will be asked to critically review the work of one or more classic theorists in child psychology and assess the extent to which that work can still be seen as relevant to contemporary Irish and global childhoods. Where appropriate, learners will be expected to link their theoretical learning to their professional practice experience on placement. 2 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Three hour written exam 1,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 170.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 1.00