Theories of Human Development and Behavior

Paper Code: 
HHD 121
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This course will enable the students to:


  • To make the students aware about different theories of human development and psychology.
  • To make the students aware about the application of theories in present context of development.
  • To develop a critical appraisal of important theoretical approaches in the study of Child development
  • To know the practical application of theory in Child development and to promote research.
Unit I: 
Introduction to Theory
  1. Define theory and its role in human development
  2. Historical perspective in the trends in theoretical development to child.
  3. Personality theory-Freud
  4. Psychosocial Theory- Erickson
Unit II: 
Theories of Personality and Cognitive

A humanistic theory of personality- Erich Form

  1. Psychoanalytic theory - Harry Stack Sullivan
  2. Cognitive development theory-Jean Piaget
  3. Social Cognitive theory- Vygotsky.
Unit III: 
Learning &Ethiological Theory

a)      Theory of learning and behavior- Pavlov and Skinner

b)      Social learning theory –Bandura

c)      Hierachy of Needs theory- Abraham Maslow

d)     Ethological theory- John Bowlby

Unit IV: 
Ecological ,Need &Language Theories
  1. Ecological system theory- Bronfenbrener
  2. Need Theory- Henry Murray
  3. Language theory -Chomsky’s theory
Unit V: 
Theories of Moral & Emotional Development
  1. Trait theory-Allport
  2. Moral development theory – Kohlberg
  3. James Lange Theory of Emotion
Essential Readings: 
  • Papalia,D.E.andolds,S.W.Human Development McGraw Hill,1978.
  • Maier,H.W.Three Theories on Child Development Harper and Row,1978.
  • Langer,J.Theories of Child Development,Holt Rinehart,1969.
  • Dyrne,D.andRelley,K.An Introduction to Personality.Prentice Hall,1981.
  • Looft,A Development Psychology,A Book of Readings Dryden Press,1972.
  • Gruber,H.E.andVonecha,J.J. the essential Piaget Vincent Torre,1976.
  • Baldwin theories of Child Development.
  •  Newman, B.M. &newman, P. R. (2007). Theories of Human development. Mahwah, NJ:Lawrance Erlbaum.
  • Patterson, C.J. (2009). Infancy and Childhood.International Ed. New York: McGrawHill.
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