Developmental Psychology is a core element of any programme of psychology and an identified required element by the Psychological Society of Ireland. An introduction to theories and research in Developmental Psychology, covering selected aspects of perceptual, motor and cognitive development, issues of social influence, social thinking and social and emotional development, in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, will underpin all aspects of the programme. An understanding of Developmental Psychology will allow learners to become more aware of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, more aware of themselves and others.

Psychology: where did it start? You will embark on a journey of thought exploring the origins of psychology from the breakaway of the early schools of philosophy, looking into the keys philosophers who shaped the field and acknowledging the nature of the mind in different ways.  You will also explore how modern psychology evolved and how its arisen into science as we know today, and then look at the application of psychology into the real world.