Developmental Psychology

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Developmental Psychology

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course contributes to the profile of the Psychologist by analyzing the own processes related to the different evolutionary moments of humans throughout the life cycle, such as physical, psychomotor,  cognitive, affective and social development. This enables to interpret their behaviors and to optimize the development, by adapting interventions from this evolving reality.


    UNIT 1. Human Development: Paradigms and evolving perspectives
    Conceptualization of Developmental Psychology
    Reference stages: Pregnancy, neonatal, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, adulthood and late adulthood.
    Historical roots: Paradigms and theoretical approaches.
    Research methods (Aims of this field)

    UNIT 2. Prenatal and neonatal Development:
    Prenatal stage.
    Specific characteristics and neonatal assessment

    UNIT 3. Early and middle childhood:
    Physical and psychomotor development
    Communication development, language, game and graphic

    UNIT 4: Adolescence:
    Physical and physiological changes
    Cognitive and intellectual development
    Psychosocial development

    UNIT 5. Adulthood:
    Physical and physiological changes
    Cognitive and intellectual development
    Psychosocial development

    UNITE 6. Late Adulthood:
    Physical and physiological changes
    Cognitive and intellectual development
    Psychosocial development

    - Professor: An indicative exposure of main concepts, by offering a generic view of each topic
    - Indoor and outdoor class activities: Analysis and discussion by groups and individually about topics, issues, documentaries, TV ads, cases...etc. Group working, talks, presentations, field studies...etc.
    - Individual readings
    - Follow-up tutoring

    To evaluate the course, it will be taken into account:
    - Class attendance, participation, reflection and assessment of practical activities. Recording and follow-up sheet linked to the Automotivation competence: 15% of the total grade
    - Exam: multiple-choice test, 30 questions with 4 answer options with no penalty for wrong answers. Students are required to obtain 20 correct answers to pass. 40% of the total grade.
    - Indoors class activities: 10% of the total grade. The student has to do at least 80% of these activities.
    - Outdoor class activities: 35% of the total grade.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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