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Human development - Attachment and Relational Contexts of Lifespan Development

The primary aim of the course is to provide advanced knowledge of attachment theory and the importance of attachment to a person’s social and emotional development.

The theoretical content is exemplified by contributions from clinical and social anthropological research. Finally, a review will be made of assessment methods such as observations, interviews and questionnaires, which are used in attachment research when conducting scientific and clinical studies.

  • 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, half-time studies.

    Course syllabus
    Human development, 7,5 credits, spring 2023 (164 Kb)

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars.

    Course requirements/Mandatory components:

    • Written report based on questions provided during the course;
    • Oral seminar presentation of a written report;
    • Written examination.

    Seminar attendance is mandatory.

    The language of instruction is English and/or Swedish.

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

    Learning outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

    • give an account of the psychobiological background of attachment theory;
    • demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the development of attachment patterns from infancy to adulthood;
    • demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the relationship between attachment and biological, social and emotional development;
    • define a research-related problem and discuss this problem from an attachment theory perspective.


    The course is examined on the basis of a take-home examination, written papers,
    and an oral presentation of a paper.

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


    Course leader: Joel Gruneau Brulin,

  • 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.

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  • 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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