PSYb1030 Developmental psychology I

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. Hana Kyjonková, MSc, PhD, PGCert (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Lenka Lacinová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Zuzana Masopustová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petra Daňsová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Veronika Hanáčková (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Lenka Lacinová, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. Lenka Lacinová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
each odd Tuesday 14:00–15:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
PSYb1030/01: each odd Tuesday 16:00–17:40 U33, Z. Masopustová
PSYb1030/02: each odd Tuesday 18:00–19:40 U33, L. Lacinová
PSYb1030/03: each even Tuesday 16:00–17:40 U23, P. Daňsová
PSYb1030/04: each even Tuesday 18:00–19:40 U23, V. Hanáčková
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PSY103 Developmental psychology I
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Developmental psychology I. is the first part of the developmental psychology (DP) course. Introduction focuses on basic theoretical and methodological questions as well as an explanation of developmental stages from pregnancy to preschool age. Basic theoretical concepts, methodological possibilities of research as well as new empirical research findings will be presented within each developmental stage.
The course objective is:
- to acquire not only the basic concepts and knowledge of DP, but also to understand the principles and characteristics of the individual developmental stages in the context of different developmental theories;
- to understand variability, uniqueness, specificity and general trends in development;
- to become aware of research methods focusing on intraindividual and interindividual differences in psychological development;
- to learn basic principles and characteristics which are typical for particular developmental stages from the prenatal period to preschool age;
- to learn how to interpret individual behavioral expressions, experience etc., according to so-called normative development and to learn how to explain to them while applying particular theoretical approaches.
The course assumes:
- basic knowledge of human biology, physiology, and anthropology, synthesis with knowledge from other currently studied psychological disciplines, mainly from the cognitive psychology, psychology of emotion and motivation, social psychology, as well as from statistics;
- ability to work with scholarly sources (including electronic databases);
- the knowledge of the APA7th manual.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, student will be able to:
- understand basic terms and concepts from DP;
- understand principles and characteristics of particular developmental stages in context of different developmental theories;
- include variability, uniqueness, specificity, and general trends in development and take them into account when analyzing human behavior, experience, ability and skills;
- understand research methods focusing on intraindividual and interindividual differences in psychological development;
- use the knowledge of basic principles and characteristics typical for particular developmental stages from prenatal period to preschool age for better understanding of human behavior, experience and their abilities and skills;
- interpret individual behavior manifestations and experience etc., according to so called normative development and be able to apply particular theoretical approaches for their explanation;
- summarize the results of empirical research studies, review articles and meta-analyzes in the overview of the present knowledge („introduction“) from chosen field of developmental psychology;
- propose question for the empirical research in developmental psychology field.
  • Introduction – basic issues and questions, terminology, history. State of art in developmental psychology.
  • Research methods, research questions. Pros and cons of research design in developmental psychology. Formulation of research questions in developmental psychology.
  • Early childhood I. – prenatal development, child-birth, newborn, suckling. Gene-enviroment interaction, heredity, nature vs. nurture, epigenetics.
  • Early childhood II. – toddler/regulation of emotion, psycho-sexual stages of development. Developmental issues in counseling for parents.
  • Early childhood III. – attachment theory. Measuring attachment in infancy, Strange Situation Test.
  • Early childhood IV. – preschooler. Separation, deprivation, subdeprivation, separation anxiety, social learning, theory of mind.
    required literature
  • VÁGNEROVÁ, Marie. Vývojová psychologie. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Karolinum, 2005. 467 s. ISBN 9788024609560. info
  • VÁGNEROVÁ, Marie. Vývojová psychologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 2007. 461 s. ISBN 9788024613185. info
  • ARNETT, Jeffrey Jensen. Human development : a cultural development. 1st ed. Harlow: Pearson, 2014. ii, 760. ISBN 9781292039596. info
  • NEWMAN, Barbara M. and Philip R. NEWMAN. Development through life :a psychosocial approach. 7th ed. Belmont: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1999. xxvi, 638. ISBN 0-534-35798-9. info
    recommended literature
  • Handbook of attachment : theory, research, and clinical applications. Edited by Jude Cassidy - Phillip R. Shaver. Third edition. New York: The Guilford Press, 2016. xx, 1068. ISBN 9781462525294. info
  • BOWLBY, John. Ztráta : smutek a deprese. Translated by Ivo Müller. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2013. 420 s. ISBN 9788026203551. info
  • BOWLBY, John. Odloučení : kritické období raného vztahu mezi matkou a dítětem. Translated by Ivo Müller. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2012. 399 s. ISBN 9788026200765. info
  • BOWLBY, John. Vazba : teorie kvality raných vztahů mezi matkou a dítětem. Vydání první. Praha: Portál, 2010. 356 stran. ISBN 9788073676704. info
  • MILLER, Scott A. Developmental research methods. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2007. x, 405. ISBN 9781412950299. info
  • ERIKSON, Erik H. Dětství a společnost. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2002. 387 s. ISBN 8072033808. info
  • PIAGET, Jean and Bärbel INHELDER. Psychologie dítěte. Vyd. 3., v nakl. Portál 2. Praha: Portál, 2000. 144 s. ISBN 80-7178-407-9. info
  • VYGOTSKIJ, Lev Semenovič. Vývoj vyšších psychických funkcí. Translated by Jan Průcha - Miluše Sedláková. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1976. 363 s. info
  • LANGMEIER, Josef and Zdeněk MATĚJČEK. Psychická deprivace v dětství [Langmeier, 1963]. Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1963. 279 s. info
    not specified
  • ARNETT, Jeffrey Jensen. Human development : a cultural development. Second edition. Boston: Pearson, 2016. xxii, 647. ISBN 9780133792423. info
  • ŠVANCARA, Josef. Kompendium vývojové psychologie [Švancara, 1986]. Vyd. 4. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1986. 235 pp. info
  • SCHMIDT, Hans-Dieter. Obecná vývojová psychologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1978. 411 s. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, group discussion, "introduction" with formulated developmental psychology research question.
Assessment methods
The course is taught two lessons a week. Mandatory seminars attendance. Fulfilling requirements: introduction (max 25 points, min none) Exam: written test - multiple choice, cca 25 questions, (max 40, min 23 points)
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
Literature to be studied is described at greater details in the interactive syllabus.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020.
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