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This certificate will begin with an introduction to Child Psychology. You will define the key terms and concepts in child psychology and distinguish between the nature and nurture influences on a child’s development. This subject will also explore the theories of continuity and discontinuity as well as the ethics involved in child studies.
The newborn infant
This class will describe the theories of newborn development and discuss the genetic and environmental factors that can influence a child’s personality. You will also be asked to explain the affects the perinatal environment can have on a child’s development.
States and senses of the infant
In this subject you will explain the various types of discrimination and the infant states psychologists observe in research. You will be asked to define the concept of Habituation and provide examples.
This class will define the key terms associated with learning and give examples of the four basic ways of learning. You will be tasked with explaining the role of reinforcement, consequences and punishment play in the learning and development of an infant.
Emotions and Socialisation
The emotions and socialisation of children will be explored in this subject. You will learn to identify the emotions displayed at different stages of an infant’s development and explain smiling and fear using the perceptual recognition approach. You will also compare different theories on mother-child attachment and explain the effects day care can have on the development of a child.
In this module you learn Piaget’s stages of cognitive development. You will be able to recognise the different types of play and why they are important for child development and the connection between cognition models and computer simulation.
The different language acquisition theories will be taught in this subject. You will be tasked with describing the development of speech during the first two years of a baby’s life and identifying key speech/language milestones in the first 12 months of development.
This subject will explore the influence nature and nurture has on intelligence and the different approaches in defining intelligence. You will learn how intelligence is measured and explain the impact parental influence can have on intelligence.
Socialisation – Part A
This subject will discuss social cognition and its key concepts. You will be taught how the development of social cognition is reflected in children’s friendships and the types of social scripts children learn.
In this class the three systems of Freud’s personality structure will be identified. You will be asked to define concepts of Piaget’s approach to morality and compare the levels of moral judgement in Kohlberg’s theory of moral development. We will discuss the strategies designed to encourage altruistic behaviour and how to apply them. The changes in aggression as children grow will be explored and you will learn how aggression can be viewed as a stable attitude.
This subject will explore Frued’s key principles on child sexuality and explain the phases of Freud’s Psychosexual development using examples. You will learn the difference between gender identity and sex role identity and identify sexual behaviour displayed by children. The definition of child abuse will be discussed and how to recognise children vulnerable to abuse as well as the characteristics of abusers.
Socialisation – Part B
In this continuation on socialisation we will discuss the influence and effects parental behaviour and family structure can have on a child’s development. You will learn about common disciplinary methods and recognise the level of influence siblings and schools have on a child’s development
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