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PSS1712 - Behaviour Across the Lifespan

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Catherine Haigh


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit provides an introduction to the lifespan perspective on human development across three domains: physical, social and cognitive. The importance of culture and the sociohistorical context will be acknowledged while exploring phenomena such as prenatal development, aging, attachment, gender role development, and language acquisition.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. outline a range of theories of human development; identify predictable life events and crises which may occur across the lifespan;
  2. contrast various cultural and social differences that contribute to adult development;
  3. discuss major theoretical perspectives that attempt to explain successful aging


Short-answer assignment (1200 words): 25%
Developmental research design assignment (1300 words): 35%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


BHS1340, BHS1712, GSC1307, GSC1712, PSY2031, WEL1340, PSY1011, PSY1022