United Kingdom, Brighton

Social Development across the Lifespan

when 18 July 2016 - 11 August 2016
duration 4 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1520

This module considers the development of social skills across the lifespan, from childhood to old age. The module offers an eclectic approach to understanding social development and challenges students to integrate psychological, sociological and neurological research in developing an informed and considered opinion about why they are the way they are today. The module explores how we become primed to interact with our social world before we are even born, and how, throughout childhood, our social experiences are moulded by those around us – our caregivers, family and peers. Insight is given as to how school systems and policies shape our academic and social motivations, with specific focus on understanding bullying in schools. Finally, the module reflects on the impact of social media on our social development and considers the challenges facing us in middle age and beyond.

Course leader

Susan Sullivan

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 1520: Fees for one 4-week session.
GBP 2820: Fees for two 4-week sessions.


The University of Sussex offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the ISS in the form of partial fee waivers to students from developing countries who have high potential for future leadership in their field of study or career.