Child Development, Adulthood and the Life Course

Learning Outcomes

To obtain a general overview of contemporary theories about human growth and development, and some sense of the strengths of the various models as well as of the criticisms that can be made of them;To demonstrate an awareness of particular growth and development issues at the various stages of life, and of the particular difficulties and challenges of each stage;To make connections between ideas about human development and your own personal experience and the experience of others you know or have worked with;To identify environmental and other factors that affect development (particularly in relation to users of social work services);To be aware of your own personal assumptions, and of your own particular perspective, and the way this might affect your perception of others;To possess an understanding of the influences of factors such as culture, race, gender, ability, class and sexual orientation on the development process and of the interactions of these and other factors;