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Course module: 201800002
Child Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Course infoSchedule
Course code201800002
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Psychology;
Contact persondr. C. van den Boomen
Contactperson for the course
dr. C. van den Boomen
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Teaching period
1  (31/08/2020 to 06/11/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotB: TUE-morning, THU-afternoon
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 02/06/2020 up to and including 28/06/2020
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 17/08/2020 up to and including 18/08/2020
Waiting listNo
At the end of the course:
  • you are able to describe child development from the perspective of multiple disciplines as presented in this course
  • you are able to communicate this knowledge to peers from other disciplines
  • you are able to integrate insights from different disciplines to address core questions in child development
Relation between assessment and objective
Through lectures and literature, you gain knowledge on child development from the perspective of multiple disciplines (learning goal 1). During workgroups you practice with communication of this knowledge to peers (learning goal 2), and with integration of insights from different disciplines (learning goal 3). In the literature review and poster presentation, you are expected to show all acquired knowledge and skills. That is, you describe and integrate information from multiple disciplines that is relevant to an issue in child development, at such level that it is clear to peers from other disciplines.
This course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on child development. You will step away from your own discipline-based outlook and instead develop an integrated understanding of child development from infancy to adulthood. In this course, you will gain comprehensive knowledge on child development and practice the skills needed to communicate your ideas to persons from various disciplines. In a series of lectures, experts from various disciplines will discuss important findings of child research in their field (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, law, geography, animal models, philosophy, linguistics). You will integrate this knowledge by discussing topical issues in child development with other students during interdisciplinary working groups. Moreover, you will apply this interdisciplinary knowledge to a topic of your own choice by writing a literature review with 4-6 fellow students. The interdisciplinary skills and knowledge acquired in this course will benefit you in any career involving child development - be it in science, health-care or policy-making - as issues in current-day society require a multifaceted approach. This course is organized by the university strategic theme Dynamics of Youth.

Entry requirements
The course is available for students from all bachelor programs. However, you are required to have earned 15 ECTS from level 2 courses. This course can be followed as part of the CARD minor. Also students not doing this minor can join the course.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Obtained at least 15 ECTS for the category Bachelor Elaborating
Required materials
Research articles from various disciplines regarding child development.
Instructional formats

General remarks
Experts in the different disciplines within development will provide lectures. Each lecture session will contain two presentations from different disciplines. Both lecturers provide their unique perspective on child development.


General remarks
During hands-on sessions students can improve skills required for the literature review, such as literature search.


General remarks
Preparation of workgroups and lectures.

Small-group session

General remarks
In the workgroups students work on a literature review in groups of 4-6 students. The literature review concerns a current problem in child development that will be approached from different disciplines. Students brainstorm, discuss and integrate viewpoints from different disciplines.

Final result(literature review + poster)
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

The review and poster will be evaluated on scientific content and on writing skills, with emphasis on integration of knowledge from multiple disciplines and writing aimed at readers from various academic backgrounds.

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