Major subject – Developmental Psychology
Every individual has a unique lifecycle characterised by the challenges they face at various ages. Development Psychology is a discipline that studies human development, especially in childhood and adolescence when the development is fastest, but also in adulthood and old age. During your studies in Developmental Psychology, you will learn about the psychological mechanisms and regularities that steer a child’s identity development, their ability to embrace rules (such as moral rules), identity development, partner selection, and the ability to accept one’s own appearance and ageing. You will also learn about how people cope with life crises and what consequences there crises have at both individual and social levels.
If you study Developmental Psychology as your major subject, you will have excellent opportunities to create a unique professional profile. You can either specialise in an area that interests you most or complete general studies without any specialisation. You have a great deal of freedom to choose from elective courses (e.g., sexology, autism, emotion, motion and eating disorders) and optional thematic modules in, for example, school psychology, workplace psychology, crisis psychology and sports psychology. You can choose to take English-language studies in peace mediation and conflict resolution, and you can freely include in your degree any minor subjects that interest you within Åbo Akademi University. Development Psychology can also be studied as a minor subject by students with other major subjects.