Brighton, United Kingdom

Developmental Psychology

when 27 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2420

This 15 credit upper division module explores the psychology of child development from birth through adolescence. The emphasis is on exploring major theories and research in the field of developmental psychology and their application to the real world. The module will examine contemporary research in five key areas of development: biological, emotional, communicative, cognitive and social.

Topics covered include attachment and temperament; emotional development and regulation of affect; language acquisition; constructivist and socio-cultural perspectives to cognitive development, social-cognitive development, and peer relations. Students will be challenged to unpack contributions of nature and nurture, explore why individual differences exist in development, and develop an appreciation of the methodological constraints on developmental psychology research.

This module employs team-based-learning to encourage group interaction and student-centred learning. It has been designed to meet the requirements for accreditation as a core module for psychology majors

Course aim

- Demonstrate an up-to-date detailed knowledge of developmental psychology theories and concepts

- Demonstrate an awareness of the major contemporary issues in developmental psychology and identify areas where the knowledge base is most/least secure

- Analyse and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of competing theoretical perspectives and/or research evidence

- Interact effectively within a team, giving and receiving information and ideas and modifying responses where appropriate

Credits info

15 EC
All our modules have been formally approved for 15 Sussex credits; equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3-4 US credits. This means that your study at Sussex over the summer can count towards your degree.

Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before choosing your modules to ensure you are able to transfer any credit you need.

Fee info

GBP 2420: The full cost of one 3-week Undergraduate Summer School session will be £2420. If you wish to study for both sessions then you can do so.

This is made up of:

Tuition fees of £1655 per session include:

- All teaching and assessment for one module of study. Where field trips or course excursions are required then the cost of this is included in the tuition fee, however travel costs may be required
- A minimum of 150 study hours, with a minimum of 40 hours class/teaching contact hours
- Modules formally approved for 15 Sussex credits, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3 – 4 US credits
- A transcript of studies upon successful completion of the module (including meeting all attendance and assessment requirements).

The accommodation and campus programme fee of £765 per session include:

- Your own bedroom in on-campus East Slope student village. These are a mixture of en-suite flats and standard flats with shared facilities
- Bedding pack of duvet and duvet cover, sheet, towel, pillow and pillowcase
- Programme of free campus social events and activities throughout each session. Excursions and social programme trips will be provided on Fridays and weekends.


If you are applying from one of our partner institutions, you will be entitled to a reduction in tuition fees. Please contact your study abroad office or for more information.