Degree Module: Psychology of Individual Differences and Development


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This module introduces you to the study of development and individual differences. It will explore theoretical explanations of development and the influences on development through the age span.

You will investigate the debates implicit to an exploration of development and individual differences: namely: nature/nurture, continuous/discontinuous development, and the role of ethics in studying development. You will also have an opportunity to investigate the developmental and individual difference theories, perspectives, literature and issues, with a particular focus on children and young people. 


Level SCQF 7


Study at anytime via your computer/chromebook. Access all of your learning or assessments via Brightspace, our virtual learning environment, or Google classrooms using a mixture of self directed study and online discussion boards.

Location Remote

DurationAvailable to study in semester two (18 weeks), from January to June.


Course content...

The module focuses on the domains of:

  • Individual Differences and Development.
  • The Nature of Development – Issues, Concepts, And Debates
  • Physical Development
  • Perceptual Development
  • Development of language and intelligence
  • Cognitive Development
  • Personality Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • The Social Context
  • Theories of learning

Entry requirements

Students should have one relevant A-C pass at Higher level.