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Psychology, MA, Emotion Development, 7.5 credits

General data

Code: PS057A
Subject/Main field: Psykologi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Psychology
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/9/2015
Date of change: 9/27/2016
Version valid from: 1/15/2017


The course aims to provide an understanding of emotional development, namely the experience, expression, understanding, and regulation of emotions, throughout the lifespan. It comprises how these emotional processes change with growth and aging.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

• understand and describe the development of perception, expression, understanding, and regulation of emotion throughout the lifespan

• understand and describe central theories related to emotional development throughout the lifespan

Skills and abilities

• relate approaches in current research to relevant theories in emotional development throughout the lifespan

• identify and discuss critical topics and theories in the area of emotional development throughout the lifespan

Judgement and approach

• demonstrate the ability to evaluate research methods used in research on emotional development throughout the lifespan


The course will present different theoretical aspects concerning the interaction between emotion and development throughout the lifespan with emphasis on current research.

Entry requirements

Bachelor (180 hp) in psychology, with a degree thesis/independent work of 15 credits, or equivalent. In cases where the applicant lacks bachelor's degree in psychology, an individual assessment will be conducted. English B/English 6 from Swedish gymnasium or the equivalent.

When the formal admission requirements are not fulfilled, an individual assessment is performed to decide if the applicant has sufficient prior merits within academic psychological studies, to be able to study at the advanced level.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

The course is a distance learning course with a limited number of compulsory meetings on campus in Östersund, Sweden. Participation via distance communication means is compulsory throughout the course. Students are required to be active in the course’s room in the online learning platform. The platform is the primary communication tool used for students and teachers, and students will find all information needed to complete the course in the course room.

Examination form

The course objectives will be examined through active participation in seminars and discussions, on site and online, as well as through written reports.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Barrett. F.L., Lewis, M., & Haviland-Jones, M.J.
Title: Handbook of Emotions.
Edition: Senaste upplagan (latest edition)
Publisher: Guilford Publications.
Comment: Selected parts

Author: Davidson, J.R., Scherer, K.R., & Goldsmith, H.H.
Title: Handbook of affective sciences.
Edition: Senaste upplagan (latest edition)
Publisher: Oxford: University press.
Comment: Selected parts

Author: Various authors. Olika författare.
Title: TBA. Meddelas vid kursstart.
Edition: Senaste upplagan (latest edition)
Publisher: Wiley.
Comment: An electronic compendium with selected chapters from various books will be available for purchase. Ett elektroniskt kompendium med utvalda kapitel från olika böcker kommer att vara tillgängligt för försäljning.

Reference literature

Author: Berk, L. E.
Title: Development Through the Lifespan.
Edition: Senaste upplagan (latest edition)
Publisher: Pearson.
Comment: Selected parts.

Research articles, as instructed by the teacher. Forskningsartiklar, enligt lärares anvisning.