SOk121 Developmental Psychology

Faculty of Education
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/1.2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Barbara Strobachová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Barbara Strobachová, Ph.D.
Department of Social Education – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Dana Jakubjanská, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of Social Education – Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 100 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/100, only registered: 0/100, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/100
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The goal of the subject is to provide students with basic facts on the development of children, about the development of rational-cognitive functions of a man; about the development of imaginative and emotional functions.
Students should get acquainted with the social development of a man, basic developmental tasks, development tendencies, bio-psychological rules.
Based on these facts, the students will be able to understand peculiarities in the human behaviour depending on the age differences.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to understand peculiarities in the human behaviour depending on the age differences.
  • 1. Uniqueness of a man
  • 2. Position of developmental psychology in the system of psychological subjects, methods of developmental psychology
  • 3. Development phenomena (definition of a development, rules of the development)
  • 4. Phases of the development of a man
  • 5. Determinants of the development of a man (heritability, ageing, learning)
  • 6. The life before the birth (abilities of the foetus, reactions of the not yet born child to negative emotions of mother, life style influence on the foetus, psychological situation of a mother and not yet born child, the role of a father, birth)
  • 7. Biological rules of the mental development (genotype, phenotype)
  • 8. Development in the first year of life (newborn, toddler)
  • 9. Characteristics of a toddler (somatic development, speech development, psychical world of a toddler, cognitive efficiency, play and its influence, children drawing)
  • 10. Pre-school age (somatic development, development of cognitive functions, psychological world of the pre-school children, emotional and social development).
  • 11. Younger school children (topic of “ready for school”, speech development, development of cognitive functions, differences of cognitive efficiency, development of gentle movements and drawings, level of aspiration, efficiency motivation, emotional development, forms of communication)
  • 12. Adolescence (teenagers, adolescence, acceleration troubles, somatic development and self reflection, separation from the primary family, heterosexual relationships, groups and their importance)
  • 13. Adults (younger adults, middle adults, older adults)
  • 14. Ageing and ageism (mechanism of ageing, life integrity)
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Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, homework
Assessment methods
written exam of development knowledge participation in 5 on-line discussions
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 14 hodin.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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