Psychology of Infancy and Early Childhood

PSY20008 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended + Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

13 Mar 23 - 11 Jun 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
26 Mar 23

7 Apr 23

Last withdraw without fail:
28 Apr 23

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with an understanding of the psychological issues related to infancy and early childhood, including prenatal development, social development, cognitive development, and brain development. The unit will also focus on the psychology of parenting and explore cultural issues related to early human development.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Explain how an understanding of infancy is of key importance to our understanding of the overall human condition.
2. Evaluate and integrate multiple sources of information to develop practical and conceptual understanding of issues relating to social, cognitive, and brain development in infants and young children.
3. Describe the impact of cultural and global issues on key psychological constructs, ethics and values relating to early human development.
4. Discuss the implications of existing and emerging technologies for psychological research and practice relating to early human development

Courses with unit

BA-HSC1 Bachelor of Health Science
BA-HSCPROF Bachelor of Health Science [Professional]
BB-HSCSCI Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Science
BB-HSCMCMN Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Media and Communication
BB-HSCBUS Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Business
BA-SSS Bachelor of Social Science SOL only
DP-SSS Diploma of Social Science
AB-SSS Associate Degree of Social Science