Subject: Developmental Psychology I

Scientific Area:



56 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - To understand the concept of developme nt and the general purposes of developmental psychology.
2 - To develop conceptual tools needed to characterize and to understand the process of physical, cogn itive and psychosocial development in childhood.
3 - To know how to integrate different dom ains of development and, at the same time, to associate personal development to the main contexts where the person lives.
4 - To develop the ability to apply concepts to concrete situations and to practical cases related to child development.
5 - To analyse critically topics related to the syllabus.


1 - Developmental psychology: Object and fundamental conceptual perspectives.
1.1 - Human development.
1.2 - Authors and theories of reference.
2 - Embryonic development and fetal development.
2.1 - Abilities and competences of the fetus.
3 - Psychological development throughout childhood.
3.1 - Psychomotor development.
3.2 - Cognitive development.
3.3 - Emotional and social development.


Koller, S. H., & Verm a, S. , 2017 , Commentary on Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Positive Youth Development With Implications for Intervention Research ,
Papalia, D. E., & Feldman, R. D. , 2013 , Desenvolvimento humano (12th ed.) , Porto Alegre: McGraw-Hill e Artmed
Rolls, G. , 2015 , Classic case studies in Psychology (3th ed.) , New York: Routledge
Reynolds, A. J., Hayakawa, M., Ou, S., Mondi, C. F., Englund, M. M., Candee, A. J., & Smerillo, N. E. , 2017 , Scaling and Sustaining Effective Early Childhood Programs Through School-Family-University Collaboration ,
Kail, R. V., & Cavanaugh, J. C. , 2010 , Human development: A life-span view (5a ed.) , Belmont, CA, EUA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Teaching methodologies include theoretical lectures and activities that involve active and efective students participation in the process of research and acquisition of knowledge: analysis of texts and video visualization, followed by reflection and debate; group work and/or presentation. The evaluation includes a written test (50%) and one group work (40%), and its oral presentation and discussion (10%).