PSY2205 – Psychosocial development
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course focuses on social development, risk and resilience. In this context the course also focuses on the transactional mechanisms between children’s genetic liabilities and environmental influences that explain the links between behaviour problems or emotional difficulties, on the one hand, and child adjustment, on the other hand. 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. Biological and environmental risk and protective factors will considered in a life span perspective using a number of different models and examples to illustrate.
Lectures will cover central developmental issues in early-middle childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Investigating risks and resilience, identity and morality 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.
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.
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.
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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
- 5 credits overlap with PSY2201 – The development of social adaptation: Stress and resilience (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with PSY2203 – Identitet, moral, kjønnsforståelse og prososial utvikling (discontinued)
There will be lectures (8x2 hours) and seminars (2 hours per week for 6 weeks).
The students will be divided into seminar Groups (seminar 1 for Norwegian speaking and seminar 2 English speaking), supervised and presenting their work. 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.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in 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.
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.
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
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.