Course plan

Syllabus Psychology BA (A), Developmental Psychology, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: PS125G
  • Subject/Main field: Psykologi
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (A)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1F - First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Psychology and Social Work
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Date of change: 6/28/2019
  • Version valid from: 12/1/2019


The course gives an overview of both neurological, cognitive-, social- and emotional development over the life span of the individual, emphasizing infant- and early years up until adolescence.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
• Account for central theories of infant-, child- and adolescent development
• Describe development and maturation from the perspective of neurological-, cognitive-, social and emotional development in infants- children and adolescents
• Identify and give an account for riskfactors during development. Identify possible interventions linked to the various riskfactors

Skills and Abilities
• Conduct basic childobservations, and report these in writing as well as verbally in large group presentations
• Write an original paper on a subject in the area of developmental psychology

Judgement and Approach
• Identify and reason regarding ethical dilemmas in diagnostics and treatment, evaluate and critically review the concept of development
• Reflect on subjective personal development and important life events


The course gives an overview of developmental psychology and an introduction to methods of child observation. The course entails a mandatory applied task involving child observation in local preschools. This task is reported both in writing and presented before class. The course also has a mandatory written research review of a limited area of developmental psychology.

Entry requirements

Basic requirements

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The teaching takes place in the form of lectures, own literature summary, student-seminars and observation exercises at preschool.

Examination form

The course objectives will be examined through active participation in child-observation, seminars and discussions, as well as through written reports and oral presentations.

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G)

Other information

Students admitted to the earlier version of the course are entitled to three examinations within one calendar year in accordance with that course syllabus. Thereafter, the students are transferred to the current course syllabus.

All parts of the course are part of the examination and seminars, group activities and laboratory sessions are mandatory. Students who are not present may be given a second opportunity the next year or next time the course is offered.

All undervisning är examinationsgrundande och seminarier, gruppövningar och laborationer är obligatoriska. Student som ej uppfyller krav om obligatorisk närvaro kan ges möjlighet att komplettera detta under det följande året eller vid nästkommande tillfälle som kursen ges.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Broberg, A., Granqvist, P., Ivarsson, T., & Risholm Mothander, P.
  • Title: Anknytningsteori. Betydelsen av nära känslomässiga relationer.
  • Publisher: Natur & Kultur
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan, Kap 1-7
  • Author: Berk, L.E.
  • Title: Development Through the Lifespan.
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
  • Edition: senaste upplagan
Till ovan kurslitteratur tillkommer aktuella artiklar inom det utvecklingspsykologiska området. Dessa uppdateras löpande inför kursstart.
In addition to the literature up to date articles on the subject of developmental psychology is included. The list of articles is updated with every semester.