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PSY2201 – The development of social adaptation: Stress and resilience

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Course content

The course focuses on both normal and deviant psychological development. Childhood resilience is the phenomenon of positive adaptation despite significant life adversities, trauma and risks. Lectures will focus on development of the fetus, infancy, childhood and adolescence. Investigating risks and resilience have caused scientists to rethink their prior assumption about the causes and courses of adaptation and psychopathology. Lectures will touch upon the history of childhood and resilience research, and discuss challenges of future bio-genetics and research ethics.

Learning outcome

Aims of knowledge:

You will obtain a deeper insight into children’s psychological development. You will be able to recall factors of both normative and psychopathological development. Your skills in applying critical thinking will be approved of. In addition, you get some exercise in presenting topic of modern developmental psychopathology.

Aims of learning:

• To describe and identify risk factors and vulnerability for deviant and psychopathological development in pregnancy, infancy, childhood and adolescence
• To understand what is meant by protective factors in the individual, the family, the peer group, the community and culture which contribute to development of resilience in spite of life adversities
• To analyse developmental processes that contribute to normative adaptation or psychopathology

It is crucial for the student to apply critical thinking, central concepts and learn how they are defined and applied in research. During the course, you learn about identifying hazards, vulnerability and risk factors for psychopathology. Furthermore, you will get an introduction to how researchers conduct resilience research within fields such as childhood epidemiology, developmental and preventive psychology. In addition, the course will give you a deeper insight into disorders including antisocial, emotional and ADHDdifficulties. Longitudinal research has been added as it allows the student to observe pattern of continuity and change. You will also learn about the problems of successful prevention and early intervention.


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Persons who are neither admitted to a bachelor's programme at UiO nor registered for this course may still apply to sit for the exam (privatist)


Recommended previous knowledge

This course is based on the knowledge acquired in PSY1200. It is preferred that you have some previous knowledge in the field of developmental psychology.


There is a combination of lectures and groups. There will be lectures 3 hours per week for 10 weeks, 8 lectures and 3 groups’ assignments. The students will be divided into groups inside the auditorium, supervised and presenting. This will give you some extra help to understand the syllabus and some tools to write a good and short exam paper within 3 hours.

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.


Three hours written examination.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

It is possible to submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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

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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Spring 2008


This course was arranged the last time spring 2008.

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