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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (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.


Weekly questions(1200 words): 25%
Short-answer 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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies


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