Module 2
Personality & Society
“No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.” - Plato

Module 2 Introduction

Module 2 Introduction

Students should focus on psychodynamic theory (Freud), lectures 5,6 and 7 below (Module 2) which provide insight into the roles of the unconscious and the ways in which a person develops the ability to adapt to various demands and the theory of infant attachment (Bowlby and Ainsworth.) You will find these below in Module 3 resources. Lectures 12, 13 , 14 and 15 which explains both early attachments and the development of close relationships throughout the life span. Students who are parents or interested in child care or those working in this area should enjoy listening to all of Professor Watson’s lectures at their leisure.

Socialisation Game

Socialisation Game

Basic Brain Structure

Basic Brain Structure

The Life Course

The Life Course

Freud

Freud

Overview of Socialisation

Overview of Socialisation

SOCIALISATION: Theories of Human Development - Professor Watson's Lectures

SOCIALISATION: Theories of Human Development - Professor Watson's Lectures

You will find 12 audio lectures here on the theories of development and in the resources on Module 3 you will find the continuing 12 lectures.

It is difficult to comprehend human nature without understanding our origins and the processes that guide our development from conception to maturity. Thus, the study of human development is a valuable tool, not only for understanding children and helping them to develop optimally but also for understanding ourselves as adults.

The key to gaining insights into the phenomena of human development is to organise facts and data into coherent, scientific theories. Without such theories, scientists, including developmental psychologists and other students of human development, would make little progress in devising meaningful studies that further our understanding or in applying what we know in a way to benefit others. These lectures compare the historical and philosophical backgrounds from which each theorist emerged and the domains of development that each theory can explain.

By examining the important points of each of the theories, the lectures help the student to compare them and see how they differ, where they converge, and how they complement one another to explain universal patterns of human development, individual differences, and abnormal development. Real-life examples and findings of major scientific studies are used to clarify the main points of the theories. In the end, the student will be prepared to judge which theories are valid and how each theory is valuable in giving us understanding of children and developmental processes.

The first lecture provides an introductory background for the study of the six theories and discusses the value of scientific theories generally.

Lecture Two begins a discussion of the history that set the stage for the systematic study of child development. It covers the early history of conceptions of children before any scientific study of them existed.

Lecture Three compares two major worldviews of human nature and development, as seen in the thinking of two influential philosophers, Locke and Rousseau. Lecture Four concludes the history of child study and the ways in which the major theories emerged.

The subsequent lectures discuss each of the six theories in turn.

Lectures Five through Seven discuss Freud’s psychodynamic theory as it applies to child development, particularly to personality development. These lectures provide insight into the roles of the unconscious, competing drives, and the ways in which a person develops the ability to adapt to various demands from within and from the environment.

Lectures Eight through Eleven discuss Erikson’s Psycho-social theory and how it developed from Freud’s influence to become the first theory to describe development across the entire life span.

Lesson 1 Outline - Value of theory

Lesson 1 Outline - Value of theory

Lecture 01 Theories Human Development

Lecture 01 Theories Human Development

Lecture 02 Theories Human Development

Lecture 02 Theories Human Development

Lecture 03 Theories Human Development

Lecture 03 Theories Human Development

Lecture 04 Theories Human Development

Lecture 04 Theories Human Development

Lecture 05 Theories Human Development

Lecture 05 Theories Human Development

Lecture 06 Theories Human Development

Lecture 06 Theories Human Development

Lecture 07 Theories Human Development

Lecture 07 Theories Human Development

Lecture 08 Theories Human Development

Lecture 08 Theories Human Development

Lecture 09 Theories Human Development

Lecture 09 Theories Human Development

Lecture 10 Theories Human Development

Lecture 10 Theories Human Development

Lecture 11 Theories Human Development

Lecture 11 Theories Human Development

Resources for Students on Module 2

Resources for Students on Module 2

Nature and Nurture - Patrick Bateson

Nature and Nurture - Patrick Bateson

Culture and Identity

Culture and Identity

The History of Chidhood

The History of Chidhood

The mental health of children facing collective adversity poverty, homelessness, war and displacement

The mental health of children facing collective adversity poverty, homelessness, war and displacement

Brief guidelines on referencing

Brief guidelines on referencing

Detailed Reference System

Detailed Reference System

Useful Referencing Guide

Useful Referencing Guide

Interview Attachment

Interview Attachment

Emotion Development in Infancy through the Lens of Culture

Emotion Development in Infancy through the Lens of Culture

Early Experiences Can Alter Gene Expression and Affect Long-Term Development working paper

Early Experiences Can Alter Gene Expression and Affect Long-Term Development working paper

Normal Development Infancy, Childhood And Adolescence

Normal Development Infancy, Childhood And Adolescence

For Health Professionals - The Clinical Assessment Of Infants, Preschoolers And Their Families

For Health Professionals - The Clinical Assessment Of Infants, Preschoolers And Their Families

Risks and safety for children on the internet: the UK report

Risks and safety for children on the internet: the UK report

Grappling With Emerging Adulthoods: Youth Narratives Of Coming Of Age In A Frontier Town, Zimbabwe Rekopantswe Mate

Grappling With Emerging Adulthoods: Youth Narratives Of Coming Of Age In A Frontier Town, Zimbabwe Rekopantswe Mate

Overview on HIV/AIDS

Overview on HIV/AIDS