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Developmental Psychology 7.5 credits

First cycle, P0034A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2021 Sp 3 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
by 31 Jan 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Jun 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 1a/1b/1c, Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 (specifik entry A5). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics A, Social Studies A (specifik entry 5)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
Knowledge and comprehension
After passing the course, the student should be able to:

• Show basic knowledge and understanding of human development with respect to
physical, cognitive, social and personal development, from the prenatal period to
aging and death
• Describe different theoretical perspectives on human development

Skills and abilities
After passing the course, the student should be able to:

• Explain different aspects of human development by means of theories within the field
of developmental psychology
• Present scientific material within the field of developmental psychology in oral and
written format.

Appraisal and approach
After passing the course, the student should be able to:

• Critically reflect upon theories and methods within the field of developmental

The course focuses on three related areas of development in the human life cycle:

Physical development:
• What are the roles of nature and nurture?
• How do motor skills and the senses develop?

Cognitive development:
• How do memory, thinking and language develop?
• What is intelligence?

Social and personal development:
• Who am I?
• How do relationships with other people develop?

Within the three areas, the questions of how and when development proceeds into decline will
be addressed as well as the question ‘What is normal?’ 

Lectures, discussions and project work. Parts of the course may be in English.

Written exam, 5 credits, Project work, 2,5 credits.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Malin Wass

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2017 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Feldman, R. S. (2017). Development Across the Life Span, Global Edition (8th edition).
ISBN13: 9781292157955.

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Written examU G VG *5.00MandatoryS21
0003Project workU G#2.50MandatoryS21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.