MHP114 Human Development Across the Lifespan (8)

This subject provides students with an understanding of mental health development (from conception through to adolescence, adulthood and old age) across the; lifespan. It will examine the developmental milestones in human physical and mental development, the theories of human development, in particular attachment theory and the significance of nature versus nurture, personality theories and the differences in gender development. In addition this subject will explore cultural and social influences on developmental stages for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and identify relevant services that may be required for these age groups. This subject has a compulsory Residential School.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP114. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain through research the milestones and stages in human physical and mental development across the lifespan;
  • be able to describe and discuss a range of theories and stages of human development across the lifespan based upon reading of seminal documents and images;
  • be able to describe and discuss mental health problems that can occur within each age group;
  • be able to describe and discuss a range of personality theories and theorists;
  • be able to discuss the roles that occur within each stage of human development including differences in gender roles;
  • be able to critically analyse and debate the significance of nature versus nurture for human development;
  • be able to discuss cultural and social influences on developmental stages for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across the lifespan;
  • be able to compare and contrast the traditional roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait adults with contemporary roles.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topic 1: Attachment and psychological development
  • Topic 2: Childhood development
  • Topic 3: Adolescent and adult development
  • Topic 4: Personality and developmental theories and their relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • Topic 5: Gender and mental health
  • Topic 6: Present mental health information to clinicians, families, carers and consumers of mental health services in a visual format

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.66 day Compulsory Residential School.

The students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program are supported in their study endeavours through DEEWR funding under Away from Base to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60). The following breakdown covers the number of days per subject per session/year to ensure that students are able to continue to be supported in their academic pursuits under the current funding agreement with the Indigenous Student Services (Ngungilanna).

First Year
Session One                 Session Two
MHP111  2 days          MHP111  2 days
MHP112  2.66 days     MHP115  2.66 days
MHP105 - 2.66 days      MHP113  2.66 days
MHP109  2.66 days     MHP114  2.66 days
Total 10 days                Total 10 days

Across sessions 30 and 60 a total of 20 days, this meets the requirements for student support to attend residential schools from ISS.

Special Resources

This subject has a residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.