Learning, Development and Culture

Course code 65102

This course introduces key theories of human development and provides you with an overview of the early patterns and characteristics of learning and development, including language learning.

A range of theoretical perspectives are presented with a focus on socio-cultural approaches and the context in which development occurs.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 5 Feb 2019 to start 18 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 24 Jun 2019 to start 8 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $830 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Demonstrate understanding of key theories of human development 
  • Explain how young children learn and develop within their social and cultural context 
  • Discuss current research about early brain development and implications for the care and education of infants and toddlers
  • Demonstrate knowledge about young children in general, including developmental patterns and cultural influences
  • Identify patterns of early language learning and the influence of contextual and social factors.


This course is 100% internally assessed.

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