PSYC478-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Special Topic: Contemporary Issues in Developmental Psychology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of contemporary issues in developmental psychology.

An in-depth examination of psychological development and the developmental processes (normal and abnormal) that contribute to and protect against the expression of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Key developmental issues will be considered in relation to both typical and atypical patterns of development. The course will be presented by way of lectures, class work, video clips, and selected readings. There will be an emphasis on informed class discussion.

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of the course are to:
  • Introduce current models of developmental psychopathology including medical/biological, evolutionary, behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic, and family systems approaches.
  • Review and critically evaluate the current issues, strengths and weaknesses surrounding the diagnosis of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence including use of the DSM-5.
  • Explore the current approaches to assessment and evaluation of child and adolescent psychopathology.
  • Identify familial, relational, cultural, ethnic, developmental, ethical issues in the development of child and adolescent psychopathology, including an examination of risk and resilience factors.


RP: PSYC207 Developmental Psychology


Recommended Preparation

PSYC207 Developmental Psychology

Course Coordinator

Seth Harty


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Rish Brochures 10%
Summary Report 20%
Class Participation 20%
Tests 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,054.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

All PSYC478 Occurrences

  • PSYC478-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020