Unit 1: This will deal with the first year and look at the development of reflexes in infants. It will also look into the social development in the first year including the onset of fear of strangers and the social smile.
Unit 2: This unit deals with the formation of attachments and imprints. It looks at the Bowlby theory and other cross-cultural studies and touches upon Harlow and surrogacy. It will also explore the relevance of animal studies in child development.
Unit 3: Unit three dwells upon the consequences of the breakdown in attachments. It looks at maternal deprivation and also looks at the several implication of theories of attachment and maternal deprivation and the issues faced when a child is placed with surrogates.
Unit 4: This unit deals with the home, school and family and its effect on a child. It looks at differences between group and family care. It will also look into various studies that explore the effects of father absent and maternal employment families and also the importance of siblings and peers in child development.
Unit 5: Unit 5 looks at the basic principles of research methods in child psychology. It will explore the nature and purpose of research, definition of an experiment, refuting and supporting the hypothesis, dependent and independent variables and their controls and standardising procedures and instructions. This unit will also look into the various methods of sampling and the design of investigations.
Unit 6: Concentrating on visual perception, this unit will introduce you to the nature/nurture debate on visual perception. It will walk through Fantz’s work on form perception and Gibson and Walk’s work on depth perception. It will also explore how the physiology of the visual system in humans helps us in judging both depth and distance. It will also cover Bower’s work in the field of size constancy and animal experiments on early sensory deprivation.
Unit 7: This unit will focus on the development of communication and role of languages. It will look into the development and importance of non-verbal communication in humans like gestures and compare it with other non-human primates. It will look into the development of language in humans and explore naturalistic observations in humans by looking into various naturalistic studies and their criticisms and explore reinforcement and innate theories.
Unit 8: Unit 8 deals with concepts of intelligence and intelligence testing. It looks at the various definitions of intelligence and the relation between mental age and IQ. It will look at various intelligence tests and also explore the advantages and disadvantages of IQ testing.
Unit 9: We will explore the nature/ nurture debate in the study of intelligence, the twin studies as well as the stability of IQ. This unit also raises the fundamental question as to whether early experiences are decisive for later stage development.
Unit 10: We look at different methods of data collection and their interpretation. It will explore tables and histograms and correlation and scattergrams. We will look into mean and range and learn how to draw relevant conclusions from data.