Professional studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to give a life cycle perspective

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to - identify developmental features in different phases of life - reflect upon the human being as a subject

Course contents

Life span psychology

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Additional information

Tutorials are compulsory.

Recommended or required reading

Hockey, J. & James, A. (2003). Social identities across the Life Course. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Hockey, J. & James, A. (1993). Growing up and growing old. Ageing and dependency in the life course. London: Sage Newman, B. & Newman, P. (2006). Development through Life. A Psychological Approach. Valsiner, J. (1997). Culture and development of children´s action. NY: Wiley Perlmutter, M. & Hall, E. Adult development and aging. NY: Wiley MacGreegor, J. (2000). Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of children. London: Routledge.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 34 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 6 hours
  • Small-group work - 14 hours
  • Individual studies - 79 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio


  • Brantberg Bettina
  • Cederberg Arla
  • Ingmar Sigfrids
  • Nordlund-Spiby Rut
  • Skogster Annika
  • Tillman Ilse


Sigfrids Ingmar

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2013-10-25 - Exams
  • 2012-10-15 - Reports and productions

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