Course: Developmental Psychology

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Course title Developmental Psychology
Course code KPP/VPK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Houdková Michaela, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Hubertová Lucie, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Josífková Jitka, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Jedlička Richard, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Kiryková Simona, PhDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Břečková-Chalupová Eva, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Place of developmental psychology in the system of psychological sciences; importance for education. Factors contingent upon the development of the human psyche. Prenatal, newborn, baby and toddler period. Frustration, subdeprivation, deprivation; sensitization. Symbiotic relationship of the child with his mother; Bowbly's concept of basic security; the attachment theory; Winnicott's concept of holding; separation anxiety, anaclitic depression. The importance of transitional objects in terms of emancipation, and separation. Acquisition of basic life style; sibling position and their importance for psychosocial development of the child. Importance of children's games; toys and tales. Pre-school age - the importance of the extended family; the importance of pre-school education and residence among peers. A failure in the psycho-social development of the child through childhood. A sensible, will and moral development (Piaget's and Kohlberg's developmental theory - the possibility of its use in education and training). The development of personality - social function of the school and the peers. Support of children with special educational needs among peers. The younger and middle school age: developmental tasks. Adolescence; puberty, adolescence; bio-psycho-social coherence of developmental changes in adolescent; transition specifics of a development period; common causes of psychosocial disturbances in development. Preparation of the adolescent to the profession and its pitfalls. Friendly and lovers' relations. Early adulthood. The aceptation of the parental role. Developmental tasks of the mature adulthood and old age. Productive ageing and options for the prevention of pathological development. Different concept of development of human personality. The theory of the development of cognitive processes by J. Piaget; psychosexual theory by S. Freud; neo-analytic treatment and psychosocial theory of E. H. Erikson.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing)
  • Class attendance - 112 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 28 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject deals with basic ideas of general and developmental psychology.
After completion of the subject student will be able 1. to understand the content of prescribed curriculum of Developmental psychology 2. to reflect the topic critically 3. to demonstrate specific intellectual skills gained in a course in writing of a semestral theses 4. to apply gained knowledge in educational process 5. to be motivated for continuous learning in the field
Student has basic knowledge of general psychology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined examination

The course ends with an exam. In order to participate in the exam, it is necessary to meet at least 75% of the participation in contact / online teaching and to submit partial elaborated tasks from individual e-learning seminars. The form of the exam will be specified. The exam will include a discussion of the knowledge from lectures and topics contained in the study materials.
Recommended literature
  • ADLER, A. Psychologie dětí. Praha: Práh, 1994..
  • BETTELHEIM, B. Za tajemstvím pohádek. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2000..
  • BOWLBY, J. Vazba: teorie kvality raných vztahů mezi matkou a dítětem. Praha: Portál, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7367-670-4.
  • ERIKSON, E. H. Dětství a společnost. Praha, 2002.
  • FRANCLOVÁ, M. Zahájení školní docházky. Praha: Grada, 2013. ISBN 978-80-247-4463-6.
  • FRANZ M-L. Psychologický výklad pohádek. Praha: Portál, 1998..
  • FÜRST, M. Psychologie : včetně vývojové psychologie a teorie výchovy. Olomouc: Votobia, 1997..
  • HARTL, P., HARTLOVÁ, H. Psychologický slovník. Praha: Portál, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7367-569-1.
  • HEIDBRINK, H. Psychologie morálního vývoje. Praha: Portál, 1997. ISBN 80-7178-154-1.
  • HELUS, Z. Dítě v osobnostním pojetí. Praha:Portál, 2004. ISBN 80-7178-888-0.
  • JEDLIČKA, R. Výchovné problémy s žáky z pohledu hlubinné psychologie. Praha: Portál, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7367-788-6.
  • KAST, V. Otcové - dcery, synové - matky: Práce s rodičovskými komplexy jako cesta k vlastní identitě. Praha: Portál, 2004..
  • LANGMEIER, J., KREJČÍŘOVÁ, D. Vývojová psychologie. Praha: Grada Publishing, 2006.
  • LANGMEIER, J., MATĚJČEK, Z. Psychická deprivace v dětství. Praha: Karolinum, 2011. ISBN 978-80-246-1983-5.
  • MACEK, P. Adolescence. Praha PORTÁL 2002..
  • MÜLLER, L. - MÜLLER, A. Slovník analytické psychologie. Praha: Portál, 2006..
  • PIAGET, J. INHELDEROVÁ, B. Psychologie dítěte. Praha: Portál, 1997..
  • RYCROFT, CH. Kritický slovník psychoanalýzy. Praha: Psychoanalytické nakladatelství, 1993..
  • Říčan, P. Cesta životem. Praha, Panorama 1989..
  • SHAPIRO, L. E. Emoční inteligence dítěte a její rozvoj. 2. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2004..
  • ŠULOVÁ, L. Raný psychický vývoj dítěte. Praha: Karolinum, 2010. ISBN 978-80-246-1820-3.
  • VÁGNEROVÁ, M. Vývojová psychologie. 1 : Dětství a dospívání. Praha: Karolinum, 2005..
  • VÁGNEROVÁ, M. Vývojová psychologie. 2 : Dospělost a stáří. Praha: Karolinum, 2007..

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Education in Leisure Time (20) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer