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Recent advances in developmental psychopathology


NB Language of instruction is English

Admission requirements



This course is meant to critically evaluate and communicate about recent advances in developmental psychopathology. Each week we will focus on a different topic in developmental psychopathology. These topics will focus on both the applied as well as on the more fundamental issues in developmental psychopathology. We will focus on both the content of the studies, the scientific methodology and the scientific and social implications.

Course objectives

After this course, students should:

  • Have a thorough understanding of the various theories and methodological approaches (data analysis techniques included) which are commonly used in our field;

  • Have extended their theoretical framework needed for addressing relevant problems and issues related to education and learning;

  • Be able to critically select, study and analyze literature relevant to the issues and problems presented by the curriculum and the connected research programmes;

  • Show the capacity to report independently about relevant research which is carried out according to current academic standards;

  • Be able to provide critical communications of a scientific paper, in an oral presentation as well as in a written review format;

  • Have profound knowledge of philosophy and ethics of social research, and be able to participate in discussions on these topics;

  • Be able to engage in the international academic debate.


Mode of instruction

(Guest) lectures.

Assessment method

Oral presentation (20% of final grade), five written commentaries (80% of final grade), and active contribution to discussions (possibility to earn extra credit).

There is no final exam. Each of the five written commentaries is graded as well as the oral presentation. The final grade is based on these grades. Students should score higher than 5.5 on all assignments in order to pass the course. There is no group work, all assignments are graded individually.


During this course Brightspace is used.

Reading list

Papers made available during the course.



Students need to register for lectures in uSis. It is not possible to take a course without a valid registration.

  • Registration for the lectures of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first lecture at the latest;

  • Registration for the seminars of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first seminar at the latest.


Students are not automatically registered for exams. They can register themselves in uSis until 10 calendar days before the exam date at the latest. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the exam.

Please consult the course and exam registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

The exam of this course is a written report. Hence, you do not have to register for an exam in uSis.

Contact information

Contactperson of the course is Dr. M. van Geel