This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2021-2022

PSY 13181-1: Adolescent Development

Instructor: Dawn Gondoli

Adolescence is a fascinating period of the lifespan to study. Unfortunately, many myths and misconceptions surround this time of life. In this course, we will examine – through discussion of theories, research methods, and empirical findings – the dramatic and meaningful changes in adolescents’ physical, cognitive, and social characteristics. We will emphasize the social contexts of adolescent development – family, peer groups, and culture. Students will build their understanding of normative and problematic development during adolescence and will learn about issues of special concern to adolescents, their families, and professionals who study adolescents or who encounter them in applied settings. While encountering class materials and assignments, students will build their written and oral communication skills, and will develop proficiency in reading, describing, summarizing, integrating and applying scientific literature within academic psychology.