autumn 2024
PSY-2503 Developmental Psychology - 5 ECTS

Type of course

The course is compulsory in the bachelor program in psychology. The course can be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

Application code 9199

Course content

The course provides an introduction to modern developmental psychology. The focus will be on typical psychological development from birth to adolescence. The course will draw on relevant state-of-the-art empirical findings to illustrate key theories & methods of contemporary developmental psychology. Perceptual, cognitive, linguistic, emotional and social development will be covered.

Recommended prerequisites

PSY-1001 Introduction to psychology, PSY-1012 Psychological methodology

Objectives of the course

Having attended the course and completed the exam the students will obtain the following learning outcomes:(National Qualifications Framework 1st, 2nd & 3rd cycle)

Knowledge and understanding:

Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  • Have knowledge of the central theories in developmental psychology
  • Have knowledge of the most common methods for studying psychological development.
  • Have knowledge of the key facets of psychological development in its perceptual, cognitive, linguistic, emotional and social aspects.


Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  • Be able to discuss and describe key theories, methods and findings in developmental psychology.
  • Explain the main features of typical development from infancy till adolescence.

General Competence:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Be able to use developmental psychology as a frame of reference to further understanding in other areas of psychology. Be able to discuss strengths and limitations of the key developmental theories and the common research methods in this area.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The teaching will consist of lectures and individual learning.

Information to incoming exchange students

There are no academic prerequisites to add this module in your Learning Agreement



Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 10.12.2024 09:00
2 Hours A–E, fail F
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Re-sit examination

Re-sit examination is offered for the course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: PSY-2503
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet