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PSY 248: Adolescent Psychology

Course Description

This course explores historical and contemporary theories of development as they impact upon maturation and socialization of adolescents. The biological, cognitive, social/cultural changes that take place during adolescence are examined for their impact on self-awareness, character development, and gender development. The role that parents, friends, school, work, and the media play in influencing these changes is also detailed.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • PSY 101: Psychology

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Discuss and think critically about historical and contemporary theories of development in order to compare and contrast differing perspectives. Match theorists with important concepts and note how these views increased awareness of adolescent developmental issues.
  2. Understand the role that biological development and maturation plays by being able to name critical maturational stages and the mechanisms that link to trigger adolescence.
  3. Discuss and think critically about cognitive development and its impact upon perception of the self, including gender, esteem, and abstract thinking.
  4. Articulate how biological maturation, cognitive development, and social influences impact adolescent development. The role of parents, culture, schools, peers, and the media is examined within the context of maturation.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7)

40%

Research Paper (Week 4)

20%

Final Paper (Week 8)

40%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Santrock, John. Adolescence. 16th ed. McGraw Hill Publishers, 2016. ISBN-10: 0-07-811718-6 or ISBN-13: 978-0-07-811718-3

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1

Topics: Development Theories and Research Methods
  • Development Theories: Chapter 1
  • Thinking Critically About Adolescent Development: Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

2

2,3

Topics: Puberty and Biological Foundations and Issues in Cognitive Development
  • Puberty and Biological Foundations: Chapter 2
  • Issues in Cognitive Development: Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

3

3,4

Topic: Understand the Self and Gender Issues
  • Understanding the Self: Chapter 4
  • Gender Issues: Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

4

1-4

Topic: Exploring Teen Identity and Sexuality
  • Sexuality: Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Research Paper

5

2,3,4

Topic: Families and Their Influence on Development
  • Families: Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

6

4

Topics: Peers, Culture and Value Systems
  • Peers: Chapter 9
  • Culture and Value Systems: Chapter 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

7

4

Topic: Adolescent Problems
  • Adolescent Problems: Chapter 13
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

8

1-4

Topic: Conclusion
  • Submit Final Paper
  • Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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