03079 - Psychology of Development

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

No poverty Good health and well-being Quality education

Academic Year 2020/2021

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. 1-2-4-5-7-8 -9-11 -12-14.

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; specific issues will be debated for practising argumentation and communication skills

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

Assessment methods

5 written open questions, chosen from a list of 10 questions.

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

Video recordings of concrete events

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

Office hours

See the website of Patrizia Selleri