Singapore University of Social Sciences

Life Span Development (人类发展学)

Life Span Development (人类发展学) (ECC203)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


ECC203 Lifespan Development provides an overview of lifespan development which encompasses the developmental stages from infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood to old age. Major lifespan theories in the analysis of individual development at different stages of life will be covered. The influences on development and its processes, as well as the dynamics of interpersonal, cultural and social forces of lifespan development will be examined. Students will discuss the human life cycle in relation to the family, school and society, and analyse the implications on early childhood education. Current trends, policies and issues that impact lifespan development will form an integral part of the course.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus. To be confirmed


  • The study of human development and related issues
  • Fundamental theories of life span development
  • Physical and psychological development of infants and children
  • The influence of upbringing on the development of infants and children
  • Middle childhood: cognitive and moral development
  • Middle childhood: personality and social development
  • Adolescents’ physical and physiological development
  • Adolescents’ development and family and peer relationships
  • Adulthood and middle-aged physical and physiological development
  • Adulthood and middle-aged formation of relationships and career development
  • Physical, physiological and social development and changes of the aged
  • Current trends, policies and challenges that impact children and families

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the main theories of human development.
  • Discuss the impact of early human development on late development.
  • Interpret the changes in development in infants, early childhood, adolescence, adulthood, middle age and old age.
  • Examine the physiological development of infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.
  • Relate the dynamics of interpersonal, cultural and social forces that influence lifespan development
  • Apply major development theories in the analysis of individual development at different stages of life.
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