Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

12.2.2020 at 09:00 - 1.3.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 24.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Tue 31.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Fri 3.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 7.4.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Fri 24.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 28.4.2020
12:15 - 13:45

Other teaching

Teaching language: English


This course is compulsory for students of the Special Education study track.

The course is included in the advanced studies in Special Education.

Intermediate studies in Special Education

After completing the course, students have a comprehensive understanding of the cognitive, motoric and socio-emotional development of children and young people.

The course is studied during the first year of the Master’s degree studies.

The course explores

  • the biological base, genetics and epigenetics of development
  • the impact of the environment on the formation of different phenotypes
  • factors affecting risk development
  • the correlation between emotions and cognitive abilities
  • the different components of cognitive control
  • the development of self-regulation.

Bjorklund, D. (2012). Children’s Thinking. Cognitive development and individual learning differences. (5th edition). Wadsworth Cengage Learning. 661 p. 

Swanson, H., Harris, K., & Graham, S. (2013). Handbook of Learning Disabilities. (2nd edition). Guilford Press. 716 p.

Or an article collection chosen by the lecturer. The articles provide a comprehensive overview of the cognitive, motoric and socio-emotional development of children and young people, as well as of the factors affecting risk development and the related dynamics.

Students will work in groups to prepare videos of the provided topics. Students will prepare essay assignments in small groups and then answer the questions themselves.

To pass the course, students must take a literature exam based on the lectures and the course literature. In addition, students must complete the independent assignments given during the course. The course is graded on a scale of 0–5.

Lectures, independent work and an exam (or other method of completion determined by the lecturer).

Professor Joseph Gagnon