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Fall 2021

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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 Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Analyze an empirical journal article from a reputable psychology journal.
2. Identify "nature and nurture," and describe examples illustrating how nature and nurture interact to shape each of the major domains of development (biological, social and emotional, cognitive).
3. Apply a variety of developmental issues (nature and nurture, continuity and discontinuity, early intervention, the impact of early life experiences on adolescent development) to the study of adolescent development.
4. Apply the principle, "multiple causation influences all aspects of development" to the stages of adolescent development.
5. Compare and contrast key concepts from the major theories of adolescent development.
6. Identify significant changes that occur over the course of early and late adolescent development in the major domains of development (biological, social and emotional, cognitive).
7. Explain the bi-directional influence of the key contexts in which adolescents develop as they apply to our understanding of adolescent development.
8. Describe a change in the major domains (biological, social and emotional, cognitive) that children face as they transition to adolescence.
9. Discuss a major change in the major domains (biological, social and emotional, cognitive) that adolescents experience as they approach early adulthood.


Effective Term: Fall 2019