BSc Educational Psychology / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Risk & Resilience processes in human development

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC23011
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This unit will provide students with an introduction to theory and research relating the concepts of risk and resilience, and their application in the study of human development.  It will build on foundations provided by the Level 4 unit, ‘Development and childhood’, and in turn provide a foundation for the Level 6 unit, ‘Prevention Science and Education’.  Indicative course unit content as follows: defining risk and resilience; theories of risk and resilience (e.g. Rutter, Garmezy, Masten, Unger); four waves of research in risk and resilience (individual differences; embedding resilience in developmental and ecological systems; intervening to foster resilience; and epigenetic and neurobiological processes). As such, core elements of psychology are elicited upon and applied in contect (e.g. individual differences in motivation and perseverance, health and wellbeing and group membership)



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Development and childhood EDUC13022 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of risk and resilience processes in human development.


Teaching and learning methods

Content sessions (e.g. including whole class discussion and debate, case/scenario based learning, and other approaches to learning and teaching)

Small group seminars (e.g. focused, critical discussion of selected papers)

Supplementary e-learning processes (e.g. asynchronous discussion of stimulus questions set by tutors between lectures and tutorials) and resources (e.g. online videos)


Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of risk and resilience processes in human development

Intellectual skills

Analyse and evaluate theory and research in the study of risk and resilience

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Written communication

Oral communication (contributing to discussion and debate)

Working with others (group work, case-based work)

IT skills (word processing, accessing electronic databases and library facilities, managing references)

Assessment methods

Assessment task  Length  How and when feedback is provided  Weighting within unit Critical review of a chosen theory of risk and resilience 3000 Online Online via Blackboard/Turnitin

Feedback methods


Recommended reading

Goldstein, S. & Brooks, R. (eds.) (2013). Handbook of resilience in children. New York: Springer.

Masten, A. (2014). Ordinary magic: resilience in development.  London: Guilford Press.

Ungar, M. (ed.) (2013). The social ecology of resilience. New York: Springer.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ola Demkowicz Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Activity Hours Allocated
Staff/ Student contact 10x 3 hours
Private study, reading and assignment preparation 60
Preparation for sessions 10
Total Hours 100


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