In this course, students will explore the biological, psychological, intellectual, physical, and socio-cultural aspects of growth and development of an individual from early adolescence through early adulthood. The backbone of this course, will be the introduction and explanation of various theoretical frameworks and methodologies in developmental psychology and human development. Some of the theories that will be addressed are: The Maturational Theories, Psychological Theories, Social Learning Theories, Behavioral Theories, Cognitive Developmental Theories, Bronfenbrenner’s Theory of Human Ecology, and Humanistic Theories, as they pertain to different topics and concepts that are investigated as they pertain to adolescent development and early adulthood. The influence of culture, religion, parenting practices, cultural norms, superstitions, cultural traditions, rite-of-passages, and loyalty to kinship group, school, work, religion, sexuality, peers, will be highlighted from a cross-cultural perspective. This course also explores problems in adolescence and young adulthood including health and risk behaviors, mental health issues and the influence of media.
Field WorkCountry: South Africa
Date: March 20, 2017
Students will visit the Lwandle township where they will be able to interact with the local people. The visit will help students to understand the daily struggles that people have to endure in their everyday life, discuss with them employment opportunities, family rituals and family lifecycle issues, parenting practices and elderly care in the township.
The last segment of this Field Class will be a visit to the Lwandle Migrant Labour museum. The visit to the museum will enable the students to visualize the trials and tribulations, and triumphs of migrant workers in Cape Town, South Africa.
1. Understand the conditions of migrant workers
2. Explain conditions and life in a township
3. Compare and contrast life for Black South Africans in a township and outside the township
4. Describe the everyday life occurrences and challenges of adolescent’s in South Africa