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About the Course

In this course, we dive into the topic of child development. You will learn that child development is complex and is influenced by a surprisingly rich number of factors at many different levels of organization. You will see that development can be studied in various domains and at various levels of understanding, from different angles and disciplines. Importantly, you will come to understand that processes within and between the various domains and levels of organization continuously interact to shape development. This implies that understanding development requires taking an interdisciplinary approach. In order to help you organize your thinking about this complexity you will learn more about the developmental systems approach and theories related to that. We will look, amongst other things, at the brain and motor development, cognitive, language and social-emotional development and all the factors that have an influence on development. To illustrate how an interdisciplinary approach helps to understand child development you will see how researchers from various disciplines and backgrounds study child development at Utrecht University. These scientists will give a look in their field of knowledge and their collaboration with colleagues, to illustrate how the theory you will learn translates to practice. In sum, we invite you to follow us on a journey to understand child development from synapse to society!...

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Feb 20, 2020

excellent explanation of the subject. But....... not at all easy... if you want to choose this one, you should be ready to spend more time than prescribed... surely...\n\nHAD FUN LEARNING


Oct 14, 2018

I have absolutely loved this course. Challenging but accessible. Every week has been engaging. I enjoyed the variety of research papers, video lectures and interviews.

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By Akidi C C

May 11, 2020

Beautifully taught and a fantastic tutor with mindblowing researches.

By Ana S G S

Mar 11, 2019

Impressive content, easy to learn and provides life tools.

By Nisha L P

May 10, 2020

Amazing course filled with lots of knowledge, thanks!

By Balkrishna B

Oct 15, 2018

Excellent content and very good presentation.

By Rubi l A

Jul 27, 2020

I learned alot in this course keep it up!

By Hidayet C

May 20, 2020

High quality and enjoyfull

By louis f d m p s

Dec 18, 2019

Good. Very good!

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By Nina L

Jun 12, 2018

I have no background at all in this subject, but as I am a mother I am generally interested in child development and that was the reason for me to follow the course. I found it a nice overview of all the different aspects involved in child development and with an academic background (PhD) it was easy to follow. It took me around 3 hours per week to go through.

By Israt J T

May 20, 2020

It was not an easy course at all. You need to take it seriously but it was enjoyable for whom the topic is interested

By Leanne R

Jun 27, 2020

Easy to understand. Learning at own pace. Should be a little more challenging.

By Abigail M C

May 12, 2020

I completed the course, but it barely scratched the surface and instead focused on introducing topics and showing examples of research that the university is conducting rather than going more in depth. It felt like an advertisement for the university rather than a course with the goal of educating.