Lecturer: Matthias Schwannauer, Stella Chan, Emily Taylor, and Joanne Williams
Subject: Psychology / Developmental Psychology
Delivery: intake-based asynchronous study
Recommended Load: 1-3 hrs/week over 5 weeks
Completion Date: 09/02/2014
Description: This course discusses the history of development psychology, as well as the mental health challenges, treatment options and important considerations when dealing with children and adolescents.
Strengths: This course is an introduction to developmental psychology. As such, we see the initial discussion into why it is an important and relevant area of study. Children eventually grow into adults, often carrying with them a wealth of psychological scars from their childhood. Well-established maladaptive behaviours can be difficult or even impossible to treat. But most of all, we should strive for well-adjusted, happy, and productive individuals.
Of course, treatment of children and young people should be placed into the appropriate context. This is where history of developmental psychology comes in. By understanding the steps taken to reach our current understanding of development and psychology in general, we are able to see why some treatments were discontinued and others have been adopted. This leads on to treatment options and important things to consider when deciding upon treatment and intervention of children and young people.
Weaknesses: Some of the material tended to drag on a bit. This affected flow, which in turn decreased my level of engagement.
Conclusion: Given my interest in psychology and my appreciation for several completed University of Edinburgh MOOC offerings, I decided to enrol in this course. Unfortunately, I felt that they spent too much time on some area of the course, which affected my enjoyment of the course. That being said, the material will be of value to newcomers to the sub-field of study. Folks may also find some of the psychology courseware available at Saylor Academy worthwhile as well.