PSY2205 – Psychosocial development

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Course content

This course focuses on social developmental, emotions, risk and resilience. Children develop within a social world, and this course focus on how children develop and interact within a social context. Childhood resilience is the phenomenon of positive adaptation despite significant life risks.

Topics that will be addressed is moral understanding, prosocial and antisocial behavior will be analyzed in a contextual and life span perspective. Lectures will cover central developmental issues in childhood and adolescence. Investigating psychosocial risks and resilience, have caused scientists to rethink their prior assumption about the causes and courses of adaptation and psychopathology. Psychosocial development will be understood as a complex interplay between the individual and the social/cultural environment.

Learning outcome


  • During the course, you will learn about identifying hazards, vulnerability and risk factors within a framework of developmental psychopathology. The course will give you an insight into childrens social development for example prosocial development, antisocial development and emotional development. You will gain knowledge about biological, social and individual risk factors and how they interact and influence child development.


  • Your skills in applying critical thinking will be improved, and you will learn about central concepts and theories and how they are defined and applied in research. You will learn how to consider the varying influences of environment and how it interacts with biological factors. In addition, you will partake in seminar exercises in presenting various topics within the field of modern developmental psychology. Lastly, you will analyse developmental processes that contribute to positive adaptation or to developmental psychopathology.

General competences:

You will obtain a deeper insight into individuals` psychological development. You will be able to understand factors involved in developmental psychopathology. Furthermore, you will learn:

  • To describe and identify adaptation and vulnerability for deviant and resilience development in a life span perspective.

  • To understand the relations among psychosocial risks and psychosocial development.

  • To integrate knowledge about various factors in the individual, the family, the peer Group and the community that influence psychosocial development.



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.


There will be lectures (8x2 hours)  and seminars (2 hours per week for 6 weeks). The teaching will be held in English.

The seminar will facilitate your understanding of the syllabus and provide some practice for how to write a good, short exam paper within 3 hours.


3 hours written examination.

Previous exams

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

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 examination paper 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

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Ask for explanation of your grade in this course

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.

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

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