Introduction to development psychology

lpsp1003  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to development psychology
5 credits
45.0 h
Roskam Isabelle;
Main themes
-  The fundamental concepts of developmental psychology, factors of development and epistemology
-  Development approaches: evolutionist, environmentalist and interactionist approach; development models; stages of human development
     - The three main areas of development
  • Physical development (motor and sensory): senses, reflexes, axes of motor development, stages of motor development 
  • Cognitive development: the development of intelligenve (constructivist and socio-constructivist theory), moral development, language development
  • Social development: attachment theory, emotional development, identity and the concept of self 

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this course, the student must be able to:

  • Master and understand the main theoretical frameworks of developmental psychology as well as the key concepts and methodological approaches of the different domains of development: neuronal, sensori-motor, cognitive, communicative, affective, social and emotional
  • Differentiate developmental stages, mechanisms and developmental  factors according to the three domains
  • Identify the links between the three domains in each stage of life 
  • Interpret the developmental significance of the behaviors at different ages in a particular situation by applying the relevant concepts and approches of the domains

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Support de cours : Dias Power Point, exercices, vidéos et illustrations
Ouvrages de référence :
Berger, K.S. (2012). Psychologie du développement. Bruxelles de Boeck.
Godefroid, J. (2011). Psychologie (chapitre 17). Bruxelles: de Boeck.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Psychology and Education: General

Bachelor in Psychology and Education : Speech and Language Therapy

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions