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Psychology I

Psychology I, 30 credits, is a full time day course, which gives you a general orientation in some of the main areas of psychology.

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

Please note that this course is given for the last time in spring 2023. It is being replaced by Psychology I – Course Package, 30 credits, for the autumn semester 2023.

Read more about Psychology I - Course Package (PS11KP)

  • Course structure

    As a registered student on this course you will find detailed course information and communication in the learning platform Athena. Login with your university account.

    The course comprises the following modules (more information below):

    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.

    Teaching format

    Please refer to the Swedish version of this page.


    Please refer to the Swedish version of this page.


    Social psychology, 7,5 credits
    Tina Sundelin,

    Biological psychology, 7,5 credits
    Håkan Fischer,

    Cognition, 7,5 credits
    Petri Laukka,

    Developmental psychology, 7,5 credits
    Johan Lundin Kleberg,

    Course leader for Psychology I
    Laura Ferrer-Wreder, Head of studies

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    A complete list of course readings is found in the course syllabus.

    The list is subject to change until two months prior to the start of the course. In case the new course syllabus is missing above by then, please check with the course leader before you buy any expensive books etc.

  • Contact

    Registered students should primarily use Athena for teacher communication.

    To contact the Student office or a Student Councellor, see below.

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