Introduction to Developmental Psychology

Course 2 of 4: Introduction to Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology 8 weeks total 1 – 2 hours each week

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About this course

Have you ever wondered what babies are capable of from the moment they’re born?

Developmental psychology is the study of an individual’s social, emotional, cognitive, and biological development through his or her lifespan. The focus of this course will be from infancy to later life.

This psychology course will examine how babies and young children develop the ability to function in our world, including their attachment to their caregivers, and their ability to communicate and think about the world. We will also cover specific changes during adolescence and later life.

You should take this course if you are curious to understand what we know about infants’ abilities, how we know it, and about the important milestones that we all pass through as we develop.

What you’ll learn

  • How babies make sense of the world
  • The importance of social attachment
  • Developmental theories
  • Different stages of human language, social, cognitive, and moral development
  • Development in infancy, adolescence and later life

Meet Your Instructors

Blake McKimmie

Associate Professor at The University of Queensland Blake won a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and a University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. He currently teaches a large introductory psychology course and a second year elective about psychology and law. His research focuses on jury decision-making including the influence of gender-based stereotypes and the influence of different modes of evidence presentation. He is also interested in group membership and attitude-behaviour relations and how group membership influences thinking about the self.

Virginia Slaughter

Professor at The University of Queensland Virginia Slaughter is the Founding Director of the Early Cognitive Development Centre within the School of Psychology. Her research focuses on social and cognitive development in infants and young children. She has been the recipient of several teaching and research awards including an Australian Award for University Teaching and a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award.

Mark Nielsen

Associate Professor at The University of Queensland His research interests lie in a range of inter-related aspects of socio-cognitive development in young human children and non-human primates. His current research is primarily focused on charting the origins and development of human cultural cognition.

Nicole Nelson

Lecturer at The University of Queensland Nicole Nelson is a developmental psychologist whose research centres on how children and adults learn about and understand emotional expressions, including how we integrate facial, postural and vocal expression cues; incorporation of situational information into emotion understanding; the role of movement in expression recognition; and how cultural information informs our understanding of others’ expressions.


8 Weeks

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The University of Queensland

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