Continuing from PSYC 3151: Developmental Psychology of Children, students examine the
adolescent years, In addition to the general theoretical issues and methods of studying
development, the course presents the physical, cognitive, personality and social development
during adolescence, in the contexts of family, peer group, school, work, and culture. Specific
in-depth topics include identity, autonomy, sexuality, and moral development. Although students
focus on normal development, there is discussion of behavioural and emotional problems such as
delinquency, substance abuse, depression, suicide, and eating disorders. This course has been
designed to highlight cross-cultural research.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the historical emergence of the period of adolescence and how this period has
changed over generations.
- Understand the lifespan view of development and contrast it to other traditional
- Know the methods by which adolescent development is studied.
- Understand the ways in which physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality
development interact in producing whole, complex individuals.
- Understand the roles of various contexts — including family, peers, schools, and culture — in
influencing adolescent development, and have some ideas about how to maximize their positive
contributions and how strengths in one context can compensate for weaknesses in others.
- Understand the importance for theory and for educational practices of recognizing and
studying cross-cultural differences in socialization, learning style, and values.
- Understand the various aspects of personality development, particularly as they develop in
the adolescent years: identity, autonomy, gender roles, sexuality, moral principles, and
- Understand the complex, longitudinal ways in which most problems develop, including our
current understanding of how biological and environmental factors interact in creating various
types of problems.
PSYC 3451: Adolescent Development is divided into four modules of study. The modules are
divided into topics as follows:
Module 1: The Fundamental Changes of Adolescence
- 1.1—A Perspective on Adolescence and the Changes of Puberty
- 1.2—Cognitive Transitions
- 1.3—Society and the Adolescent
Module 2: The Contexts of Adolescence
- 2.1—The Influence of the Family on the Adolescent
- 2.2—Peer Groups
- 2.3—Adolescents and Schooling
Module 3: Psychosocial Development during Adolescence
Module 4: The Adolescent and the Emerging Adult
- 4.3—Psychosocial Problems in Adolescence
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- Steinberg, L. (2020) Adolescence (12th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-260-56567-6
A computer with internet access. Print students need to access some TRU library journal
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To complete this course successfully, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the
overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. The following table
illustrates how your final grade will be determined for this course.
|Assignment 1: The Fundamental Changes of Adolescence
|Assignment 2: The Contexts of Adolescence
|Assignment 3: Psychosocial Development During Adolescence
|Assignment 4: The Adolescent and the Emerging Adult
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by
phone if you are taking the print version of the course and through the "mail" tool in the
Learning Environment if you are taking the web version. You will receive the necessary contact
information when you start your course.