Elective Course - Caregiver-child interactions and social-cognitive processing in typical and atypical development

Course content

The main goal of this course will be to inform students about state-of-the-art research within the EU on caregiver-child interactions and their impact on social-cognitive processing in neurodiverse samples (e.g., typically developing as well as premature born and deaf children). The seminar unites leading experts from four different countries (Poland, Italy, Denmark, Germany).

It will be organized in six main blocks, including one introductory session with all participants, followed by four main blocks, each focusing on one specific topic by one site, and one final block to summarize results and provide feedback (again with all participants).

Each main topic block will consist of one online-lecture (with audio or video-files) of max 90 minutes duration to be downloaded, and one interactive session (online) to discuss questions regarding the lecture (90 minutes).

As part of the lecture, students will be asked to solve a task (e.g., answering questions in written format, reading and summarizing a paper, writing a short essay) to prepare for the interactive session.

As part of the interactive session, students will be asked to present research papers in class. For the presented papers students will be asked to also write an outline/summary. The materials will be uploaded through a link that will be provided.

General learning goals of the course will be

(a) to improve your skills in writing and oral communication and

(b) to practice exchange with students and lecturers from different EU countries.

With regard to developmental and clinical psychology, the main learning goals are to

(a) better understand the impact of caregiver-child interactions on social-cognitive processing in different populations of young children,

(b) to become familiar with different research approaches for studying these relations, and

(c) to gain detailed knowledge about the specific challenges regarding social-interaction competencies that parents and children face when the child has special needs.

Grades will be based on the oral group presentation of 1 or 2 research papers during the semester (the accompanying handouts will be not graded but required to complete the course). Presence in the interactive sessions is mandatory, but each site’s students have to consider the guidelines of their institution. Due to the differences in ECTS credits and local regulations between institutions, some course requirements may differ across sites. For reference, please check your own university’s website and local course information.

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Learning outcome

Regarding developmental and clinical psychology, main learning goals are to

(a) better understand the impact of caregiver-child interactions on social-cognitive processing in different populations of young children,

(b) to become familiar with different research approaches for studying these relations, and

(c) to gain detailed knowledge about the specific challenges regarding social-interaction competencies that parents and children face when the child has special needs.

General learning goals of the course:

(a) to improve writing and oral communication skills

  • (b) to practice exchange with students and lecturers from different EU countries.

Classroom instruction (online/zoom), complemented with learning activities.
Topics for individual blocks to be held on Thursdays, from 4:15-5:30 pm

Not relevant
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
The written assignments will be essays related to the module topic provided by the lecturer of that module. The final grade will be calculated by averaging evaluations across the four topic blocks. Presence in the interactive sessions every week is mandatory. All assignments have to be written in English

Grades will be based on oral group presentation of 1 or 2 research papers during the semester. For the presented papers students will be asked to also write an outline/summary handout of the paper, which will be not graded but required to complete the course. Students will also have small tasks in preparation for the interactive sessions (e.g., submit reflection question about the lecture).

In addition, for students taking the course at KU a 2000-words essay has to be submitted by the end of the semester which will contribute as pass/ fail. The essay questions will be announced during the semester and will be related to the module topics. Students can choose their own question out of the ones offered and have to find at least 200 normal pages length of self-selected literature to include.

Presence in the interactive sessions every week is mandatory (the percent of classes that can be missed is the same as for other KU courses with mandatory attendance).

All assignments have to be written in English, as the course lecturers are from 4 different countries across Europe.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
APSK15753U
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Duration

1 semester

28 hours (ca. 3 standard teaching hours per week consisting of approx. 60 min lecture + 75 min interactive session; for the 8 modules, plus 90 min introduction and a 90 integrative summary session in the end)
Placement
Spring
Schedulegroup
Starts April 20 end June 15.
Studyboard
Department of Psychology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Psychology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinators
  • Dora Kampis   (2-6a714676797f34717b346a71)
  • Victoria Helen Southgate   (18-7c6f697a75786f673479757b7a6e6d677a6b4676797f34717b346a71)
Saved on the 24-11-2022

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