Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychosocial Development through the Life Span

Psychosocial Development through the Life Span (COU493)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

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Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Isn't it fascinating how our perspectives change as we age? This module is the first of our series of Foundation Studies for the Master of Counselling Programme. The course focuses on the psychosocial development in the life span from infancy to old age. Understanding the psychosocial aspect of life span development and their implications for counselling, students learn to relate better to their clients of various age groups and help them more effectively.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • The life span perspective of human development
  • Major theories for understanding human development
  • Psychosocial Theory
  • Infancy (first 24 months): pattern of attachment & child outcomes
  • Toddlerhood (age 2-3): autonomy vs. shame and doubt
  • Early school age (4-6 years): Gender identification & self-esteem
  • Middle Childhood (6-11 years): peer acceptance & bullying
  • Early Adolescence (12-18 years): group identity vs. alienation
  • Later Adolescence (18-24 years): Identity vs. role confusion
  • Adolescent issues and implications for counselling
  • Major concepts in the study of adulthood
  • Early Adulthood (24-34 years): intimacy vs. isolation
  • Middle Adulthood (34-60 years): generativity vs. stagnation
  • Later Adulthood (60-75 years): integrity vs. despair
  • Social & emotional issues in adulthood: implications for counselling
  • Elderhood (75 till death): immortality vs. extinction
  • Understanding death, dying and bereavement
  • Counselling for grief and end of life issues

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the life span perspective of human development and the rationale for emphasising on the psychosocial aspect of human development
  • Appraise major theories for understanding human development
  • Debate social and emotional issues related to lifespan development
  • Critique issues related to death, dying and bereavement through case studies
  • Recommend intervention methods that are developmentally appropriate for the various age groups
  • Examine the implications that psychosocial issues in lifespan development have on counselling
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