Developmental Psychology 7.5 credits

First cycle, P0034A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - 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 14 Feb 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
After the course the student should be able to:
  • explain human basic physical, cognitive, social and personal across the lifespan.
  • describe different theoretical perspectives on human development across the lifespan.

The course focuses on three, on each other dependent, developemental areas across the human lifespan:
  • Physical development: What is the importance of heritage vs. environment? What about the development of the fine and gross motor abilities and the senses?
  • Cognitive development: What is to remember? How does language develop? Intelligens, what is that?
  • Social and personality development: Who/what am I? Was I born a social being? Do I need other human beings? Within the three developmental areas the more overlapping questions are posed: When, and how, does development end? and What is normal?


Written exam, 7.5hp.

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.

Some parts of the course realization may be in English.

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 Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examU G VG *7.50MandatoryA07

Study guidance
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