03079 - Psychology of Development

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Sociology and Social Work (cod. 8786)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - has a framework of the psychology of psychological development with reference to psychic distress; - is able to analyze the forms of psychological distress.

Course contents

The course will address the main themes of typical and atypical development, through theories of reference. The effects of psychological distress will be seen in the perspective of the life span, with reference to the contexts of life and socialization.


Caravita S., Milani L. Traficante D. (2018) Psicologia dello sviluppo e dell'educazione. Bologna, Il Mulino.

Specific references to chap. 1-2-4 (except 4.4/4.5/4.6)-5 (except 5.7/5.8)-8 -9-11 -12 (except 12.1)-14-16.

Other chapters are useful as a general framework of the typical atypical psychology of development, for students interested in improving the issues

Teaching methods

Classes will be organized as following: lectures and insights of specific issues

It will also be possible to follow the course in online mode

Assessment methods

5 written open questions, chosen from a list of 8 questions.

Each questions is accompanied by a track with two / three aspects to illustrate, which will be the subject of the evaluation

Evaluation criteria:

score:6-5: answer that fully discusses the topic

score: 4-3 answer that partially discusses the topic

score :2-1 answer that deals with the topic almost in satisfactory way

Teaching tools


Research projects instruments of psycho-social intervention (obervational grids…)

Office hours

See the website of Patrizia Selleri


No poverty Good health and well-being Quality education

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.