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Human Development – Positive Psychological Functioning and Adaptation in Youth

The course provides an overview and advanced knowledge of theoretical, relating to the documentation and promotion of positive youth development.

The course covers:

  • theories and research on optimal psychological functioning and adaptation,
  • the design and evaluation of interventions, and
  • how young people in many different parts of the world do well even when they face major challenges.
  • 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.

    This course will be given in the first half of the semester.

    Course syllabus: Human Development – Positive Psychological Functioning and Adaptation in Youth, 7,5 credits (133 Kb) . Spring 2022.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, seminars, and exercises.

    Course requirements/Mandatory components:

    • Written report;
    • Oral Seminar Presentation;
    • Written examination.

    Attendance is mandatory at the seminar where written reports are presented.

    The language of instruction is English and/or Swedish.

    For more detailed information, please refer to the course description.

    Learning outcomes

    In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to:

    • explain and critically analyse theoretical perspectives and the evidence base in positive youth development;
    • explain and critically analyse the design and evaluation of interventions;
    • demonstrate knowledge of ethical aspects of conducting intervention research;
    • demonstrate the skills required to engage in research, academic writing and oral presentation techniques.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written examination, a written paper, and an oral presentation using slideshow software.

    Examination will be conducted in English and/or Swedish according to the course teacher’s instructions.


    Course leader: Associate Professor Sabina Čehajić-Clancy,

  • 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 on this page by then, please check with the course leader before you buy any expensive books etc.

  • Course reports

  • More information

    This course is offered as an elective course in the International two-year master’s program in psychology, 120 credits.

    The course will be offered only if enough students register.

    Please contact the student administration if you want to take this course.

  • 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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    Student office - Master's level
    Study councellor - Master's level