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PSY4203 – Emotional Development

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Course content

This course seeks to transmit both classical and recent knowledge about the nature, causes and consequences of a wide range of emotional phenomena (e.g. experience, expression, recognition, control, regulation, understanding) from a psychological and developmental perspective (both typical and non-typical). It also seeks to transmit knowledge and skills about various methods to research and assess (and promote) emotional development. The necessity to integrate research and practice, as well as different psychological perspectives (e.g. health, social, personality, culture psychology), are also central themes in this course. Emotional topics may change from one year to another (e.g. in relation with students' and teachers' interests).

Learning outcome


You should have:

  • Updated and in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge about typical and non-typical development of a wide range of emotional phenomena.
  • Updated and in-depth knowledge about various methods to research emotional development.
  • Updated and in-depth knowledge about various methods to assess emotional development.


You should be able to:

  • Conduct an advanced (theoretical and empirical) research on emotional development (planning, execution, reporting, and evaluation).
  • Assess a wide range of emotional phenomena and their development (including the writing of an assessment report).

General competences

You should be able to:

  • Analyse knowledge and scientific methods
  • Communicate scientific knowledge to researchers and non-researchers
  • Use scientific knowledge and methods outside the world of research
  • Collaborate with researchers and practitioners
  • Work in group
  • Discuss the ethics of research and practice
  • Think critically and reflectively


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.

This course is obligatory for students enrolled in the Master's Degree in Pscyhology, Developmental Psychology. The course is not open to other students.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course build on the knowledge from a bachelor degree in psychology with a major in developmental psychology.

Overlapping courses

No overlap with other courses.


Teaching is given through seminars and lectures. Students are expected to be active in both (e.g. personal response system, group presentation, workshop, self-assessment, peer-evaluation, video-recording).

The attendance to the six lectures is strongly recommended whereas the attendance to the 12 seminars is compulsory. You are allowed to be absent from two seminars if agreed with the course coordinator.

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.


The exam is a group presentation.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

English, Norwegian, Danish & Swedish

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

If you are an exchange student, please note that you will receive a pass or fail for this course and this cannot be converted into an A-F grading scale.

Explanations and appeals

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Resit an examination

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.

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