PSY 236 Syllabus


Division:††††††† Arts and Sciences†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date:February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts and Child Care††††††††††


Course Number and Title:†††††††††††††††††††† PSY 236, Adolescent Psychology


Credit Hours:††† 3†††† †††††††††† Hours/Wk Lecture:3†† ††††† Hours/Wk Lab:†† 0 ††††††††††† Lec/Lab Comb:††† 0



I.              Catalog Description: ††††††† Studies development of the adolescent. Investigates physical, intellectual, social, and emotional factors of the individual from late childhood to early adulthood. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:


This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the most prevalent theoretical approaches and up-to-date research findings in the field of adolescent psychology. Students acquire a basic understanding of the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developments that occur during adolescence, and learn research-based parenting and teaching practices that can be used effectively with adolescents. This knowledge is essential for persons who plan to work in professions that involve teaching or supervising adolescents. This course is also beneficial for those who plan to pursue baccalaureate degrees in fields such as psychology, education, health sciences, or other social science specialties.

III.           Required background:


Satisfactory scores on college entrance assessment or permission of the instructor are required to enroll in PSY 236. It is recommended, but not required, that students have taken PSY 126 or PSY 200 or PSY 201-202 before attempting this course.


IV.          Course Content:

A.               History and scope of the field of adolescent psychology

B.               The scientific method as it is applied to research in adolescent psychology

C.               Major theories related to adolescent development; physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development as it occurs during adolescence

D.               Major developmental issues in adolescence:

1.    self-identity

2.    interactions with family and peers

3.    sexuality

4.    substance abuse

5.    moral development

6.    career development

V.Learner Outcomes


The student will:



A.         Understand adolescent psychology as the scientific study of the ways in which adolescents grow, change, and develop, and also the ways in which they remain stable throughout their adolescent years.

B.         Be familiar with the principal theories related to adolescent development.

C.        Know the various physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental tasks that adolescents are expected to accomplish.

D.        Know which factors will positively and negatively influence adolescent development, and understand how those factors that are malleable can be managed to achieve optimal developmental outcomes.

E.         Have a working knowledge of specific developmental issues related to adolescents, such as: achieving a personal identity; defining relationships with parents, other family members, and peers; understanding and managing sexual feelings; making decisions about substance use; making value judgments and moral decisions; and considering career options.

F.         Understand the impact that an adolescentís cultural context has upon his or her development, and acquire an appreciation for different cultures.

G.        Be able to critically evaluate theories, research, and assertions about adolescent psychology and development.

Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, and other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member. This course includes a mandatory writing assignment or presentation assignment defined by the instructor.

All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


††††††††††† DCC Educational Objectives:


††††††††††† Critical Thinking

††††††††††† Cultural and Social Understanding

††††††††††† Personal Development