Development & Mental Health 1: Introduction
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB1DH05E
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryPB (Propaedeutic)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
dr. W.E. Frankenhuis
Other course modules lecturer
dr. W.E. Frankenhuis
Other course modules lecturer
drs. P. Span
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dr. M.A.M. Zegers
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M.A.M. Zegers
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Academic year2017
PER3  (05/02/2018 to 15/04/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
  1. To gain knowledge of and insight into human development over the entire course of life, and to distinguish between various types of influences on that development, such as genes, experiences, and culture
  2. To gain knowledge of and insight into the similarities and differences between groups of people who grow up in varying social and ecological circumstances, and to understand these as the result of developmental processes
  3. To be able to view human development from various scientific perspectives: evolutionary, neuro-cognitive, psycho-dynamic, and so forth
  4. To gain knowledge of and insight into contemporary and historical theories, concepts and findings concerning developmental psychology, and to use this knowledge and insight to test personal concepts
  5. To learn specifically which research methods (i.e. observations or interviews) and designs (i.e. longitudinal, experimental) are most suitable for the study of particular problems in developmental psychology
  6. To apply the acquired knowledge and insight to new problems.
This course is a continuation of the General Introduction to Psychology course and places humans in the context of their lifespan and the social environment in which they develop.
In this course you will become further acquainted with the most significant developmental theories and learn to apply these to explain human behaviour in various phases of life. You will also learn which methods are most appropriate for use in the study of various developmental psychology phenomena.
Numerous content themes will be treated, such as cognitive and emotional development, adjustment to one’s social habitat, and relationships with family and friends.
The knowledge of typical development acquired during this course will serve as a good basis for the second and third year of the programme, where you will learn about atypical development in different phases of life.

  • Presentation by a small group of students (20%); group or individual evaluation, depending on differences between students within the group giving the presentation.
  • Written examination with multiple-choice questions (80%).
  • All course components serve as a basis for the examination: textbook, lectures, tutorial sessions and question-and-answer seminars. If you are absent from any of these components, you will be less prepared for the examination than your fellow students.

Required materials
Keil, F. (2013). Developmental Psychology. The Growth of Mind and Behavior, International Student Edition. New York: Norton & Company Ltd. (paperback: ISBN 9780393937169; eBook: ISBN-10 0393522334). Zie 'Literatuur en Studiehandleidingen'.

Instructional modes

Question-and-answer seminars

Video demonstrations


Multiple-choice exam and presentation
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER4, Block PER4