PSY1200 – Introduction to developmental psychology

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The course provides an introduction to developmental psychology. It focuses on conveying an understanding of key developmental phenomena and theories of typical development in children and adolescents. Perceptual, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, personality and social development will be discussed, in light of developmental models and developmental studies. The phenomena and theories within the various development areas are considered in the light of modern empirical research.

Learning outcome


You should be able to:

  • Describe the main characteristics and variations in human development and the most important development mechanisms.
  • Explain the most important conditions that influence development in different areas of childhood and adolescence.
  • Outline the main theoretical points of view in different development areas and document knowledge of key empirical studies


You should be able to:

  • Provide a written description of child development in key development areas and the relationship between different development areas.
  • Provide a written description of the main theories within the different development areas and discuss theories based on key empirical findings.

General competence:

You should have acquired:

  • The ability to read critically and think independently about the development of children and adolescents under different conditions.
  • An understanding of development as a complex interaction between biological conditions and social and cultural experience.
  • An understanding that developmental psychological research requires a sensitive approach and an awareness of ethical considerations.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses


NB! Bachelor students on 1.semester have to choose the same seminar group for the courses PSY1050, PSY1200, PSY1250. This means that if you choose "seminar 1" in PSY1200, you have to choose "seminar 1" in PSY1250 and PSY1050. As a part of a project to promote inclusion of students on the bachelors program, we want you to meet the same student group trough all your seminars in these courses. The groups are set up so they are no in conflict in the schedule. For questions- Please contact SV-info. 

The teaching will consist of lectures and seminars. The seminars offer instruction in writing skills with reference to the semester assignment.

Compulsory activity

The seminars will be compulsory, with attendance 4/5 times, with mandatory attendance the first time. 

There will also be two compulsory multiple choice tests that has to be passed to get access to the exam.

Take a look at the general guidelines for compulsory activity.

The e-learning tool Canvas will be used during the course.


Seminar 99 is the alternative to be chosen in Studentweb for those students NOT following seminars. To replace mandatory attendance, students have to hand in a short essay on a topic chosen by the teachers. Students on the 99-seminar will also have to pass the multiple choice tests. 

Information regarding change of seminar group

Absence from compulsory activity

If the students is sick or if there is other serious reasons the student can not attend mandatory activity, there can in some cases be recognized as attendance or postponement of mandatory activities. 

Give notice of absence or postponement from mandatory activities.


Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Individual semester essay. Requirements about the form and the content of the essay will be provided at the beginning of the course and posted on Canvas.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

You may write your semester essay in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

The multiple-choice exam will be given in English. 

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Ask for explanation of your grade in this course (semester thesis) 

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Candidates who resit exam to improve grade or have previous failed exam in course must take all parts of the exam again (both term paper and multiple choice test). Candidates are not allowed to hand in a rewritten term paper. It is prohibitited to chose same topic twice.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Every autumn
Every autumn
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