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Summer 2018

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PSY211 - Adolescent Development
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the unique nature and course of adolescent development including biological, cognitive, emotional and social development within the contexts of family, peers, school and society. Emphasizes the interactive effects of heredity and environment on all aspects of development, with special emphasis on the latter. Prerequisite: PSY 101

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Based upon objective course examinations, presentations, structured classroom activities and discussions and written assignments, upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyze at least one primary (empirical) journal article located in a psychology journal, identifying the research hypothesis, variables being investigated, procedures used, major findings and conclusions of the authors.*

2. Identify definitions of nature and nurture, and examples illustrating how nature and nurture interact to shape each of the following major domains of development: biological, social and emotional and cognitive.*

3. Apply developmental issues including nature and nurture, continuity and discontinuity, early intervention and the impact of early life experiences on adolescent development with an emphasis on promoting resilience.

4. Throughout the semester, apply the principle: "multiple causation influences all aspects of development." In each instance, choose one behavior from the stage of adolescent development being studied.

5. Identify examples of experimental and non-experimental designs, independent and dependent variables, correlation, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, and discuss the importance of research ethics and the value of scientific inquiry in understanding adolescent development.

6. Compare and contrast key concepts from a minimum of two major theories of adolescent development and their combined contribution to our understanding of adolescent development.

7. Identify a minimum of two significant changes that occur over the course of early and late adolescent development in each of the following three domains of development: biological, social and emotional and cognitive.

8. Explain the bi-directional influence of the key contexts in which adolescents develop as they apply to our understanding of adolescent development, as well as how they apply to the student’s ongoing individual development/life experiences.

9. Describe a change in each of the following domains: biological, social and emotional and cognitive that children will face as they transition to adolescence, and a major change in each of these domains that adolescents experience as they approach early adulthood.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.




Content Outline:
I. Introduction
A. Themes in Adolescent Development
1. Interaction of heredity and environment
2. Influence of multiple variables in shaping behavior
3. Benefits of prevention, early intervention and resilience
4. Theories of adolescent development
B. Research Methodology
1. Experimental research
2. Non-experimental research
3. Research ethics
C. Careers in Developmental Psychology
II. Biological Foundations
A. Puberty
1. Physical changes
2. Psychological dimensions
3. Adolescent health & problems faced
III. Cognitive Development
A. Theories of Cognitive Development
B. Issues and Concerns
IV. Key Contexts of Adolescent Development
A. Families
1. Nature of Family Processes and Relationships
2. Social Policy and Families
B. Peers
1. Nature of Peer Relations, Friendship and Dating
C. Schools
1. Transitions in Schooling
2. Socioeconomic status and ethnicity in schools
3. Social Policy and the Education of Adolescents
4. Students who are exceptional
D. Culture
1. Culture and adolescence
2. Socioeconomic status and poverty
3. Ethnicity
4. Television and other media
V. Social, Emotional and Personality Development
A. The Self and Identity
1. The self
2. Identity
3. Identity and intimacy
B. Sexuality
1. Sexual attitudes and behavior
2. Sexual Well-Being and Social Policy
C. Moral Development, Values and Religion
1. Moral thought (Theories)
2. Moral behavior, feelings and altruism
3. Values, religion and cults
D. Achievement, Careers and Work
1. Achievement
2. Career development
3. Work
VI. Adolescent Problems
A. Adolescent Problems
1. Abnormality
2. Drugs and alcohol
3. Juvenile delinquency
4. Depression and suicide
5. Eating disorders
6. Interaction of problems and prevention/intervention
7. Stress, coping and resiliency




Effective Term: Fall 2016