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Psychology I

  • 30 credits

Psychology I, 30 credits, is a full time day course given every semester, giving you a general orientation in some of the main areas of psychology.

This course is mainly taught in Swedish, so you will find more information on the Swedish version of this page.

You will need Swedish upper secondary school course Mathematics B, or equivalent to be eligible.

  • Course structure

    The course comprise the following modules (more information further down):

    1. Social psychology, 7,5 credits
    2. Biological psychology, 7,5 credits
    3. Cognition, 7,5 credits
    4. Developmental psychology, 7,5 credits


    Social psychology, 7.5 credits

    This module focuses on developing an understanding of the way people, know, think, cope, and react in the social reality. Different personality and social psychology theories will be presented for discussion in connection to themes dealing with attitudes and prejudice, gender differences, violence and aggression, disability, personality disorders, and organisational questions.

    Biological psychology, 7.5 credits

    This module will address central notions, theories and methods in biological psychology with special emphasis on neuropsychology. In this respect, the course concerns the biological basis for physical functions. The following five areas will be discussed, 1) nerve systems structure and function including functional neuroanatomy, 2) nerve system growth, 3) perception and action, 4) cognitive neuropsychology (including memory, awareness, and thought processes), and 5) regulative functions and emotions. Moreover, this course will give an orientation to clinical neuropsychology, the development of neuropsychology, and psychopharmacology.

    Cognition, 7.5 credits

    This module concerns memory function, problem solving, and decision making, intelligence, language/language development, and creativity. General methodological problems and basic statistical procedures will be introduced. Practical laboratory work will be performed to illustrated cognitive psychological phenomenon, with the aim of providing an applied introduction to scientific problem formulation, method and report writing.

    Developmental psychology, 7.5 credits

    Developmental psychology concerns peoples' development along a time-frame from young childhood to old age. Different aspects of development concern physical and cognitive change, but above all emotional and social aspects are emphasised. This course component takes, as a starting point, the assumption that people develop in interplay with their environment; in a so called transactional process, where biological, intra-psychic and interpersonal factors integrate. Practise in writing accounts of scientific studies will also form a part of this module.


    Social psychology, 7,5 credits
    Tina Sundelin,

    Biological psychology, 7,5 credits
    Petri Laukka,

    Cognition, 7,5 credits
    Nichel Gonzalez,

    Developmental psychology, 7,5 credits
    Kristina Petersén Karlsson,

    Course leader for Psychology I
    Erik Berntson, Head of studies

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