Theories of Human Development : The Great Courses: Psychology

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Malcolm W. Watson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Psychology
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults.
Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field. Each of them has had a pervasive impact on the way we think about and see ourselves. Among the theories you'll encounter are Sigmund Freud's psychodynamic theory (including such concepts as the Oedipus Complex and the five stages of psycho-sexual development), Erik Erikson's psycho-social theory (which gave rise to the term "identity crisis"), and Albert Bandura's social learning theory (influential in such areas as the effect of media violence on children).
You'll meet the people who formulated each theory, become familiar with their philosophical backgrounds and the historical contexts in which they worked, and study the specific processes of human development that each theory describes. Along the way, you'll evaluate the strength and weaknesses of each theory. How do these six theories complement or contradict one another? What do they tell us, as a whole, about human development?
These lectures aren't simply about learning, behavior, and relationships in youth, but at any age. Taken as a whole, they provide our best answers to the questions of human nature-how we learn, adapt, and become who we are at every stage in life.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Excellent, easy to listen to and informative

Where does Theories of Human Development rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top


What was one of the most memorable moments of Theories of Human Development?

The Freudian theories of development


Which scene did you most enjoy?

n/a but it would be difficult to describe as I enjoyed all of it


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both at times, but I am an emotional mother!


Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen, even if it is revision, I am a speciality trainee in child psychiatry so I have studied this twice (once at university and once for professional membership exams) and it was still interesting and increased my knowledge and understanding

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- Rachel

A must for Social Workers!

Having studied these theories during my training and for post qualifying studies, it was great to get a refresher from a slightly different perspective.
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- Sally

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses