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HPS302 - Pathways Through Adulthood

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Tess Knight



Must have passed one of HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS205, HPS310



Incompatible with: HPS782
Contact hours:

Campus: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 1 x 2 hour class per week and 1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour class per week (will be recorded for Cloud (online) students to access) and 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminar per fortnight


Campus students are required to attend practical classes.


This unit provides an examination of the theories that underpin developmental psychology and the research methods used in this area. The physical, social, cognitive and personal aspects of adult development and ageing are considered, taking into account both the gains and losses associated with ageing. Although the focus is on normal ageing within changing social and historical contexts, the cognitive, behavioural and social consequences of age-related pathologies are also examined and the promotion of optimal ageing is explored.


Minor Research Project (submitted in 3 parts), and Reflection
Part 1: Introduction (1600 words) 35%
Part 2: Method and interview transcript (700 words) 15%
Part 3: Interpretation and discussion (1,800 words) 40%
Reflection: Reflective piece of personal experience of the research project (600) 10%

Prescribed texts

Bjorklund, B. R. (2015). The Journey of Adulthood (8th ed.). Pearson Education Ltd.

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