Adolescence: Theory and Development

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Barratt
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1550
End: 1705
Field Work: Day 1 - Thursday, 22 October | Morocco Download Syllabus

Across the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains, this course will focus on developmental transitions from early adolescence through to early adulthood. The focus will be on the relative influence of nature and nurture, as well as the theoretical framework and methodologies of developmental psychology that lead to this knowledge. The cognitive neuroscience of adolescence will be included. Adolescent development will be examined in the context of the layered relationships with family, friends, community, and the cultures within which adolescent development unfolds. The Semester at Sea learning community will address contemporary adolescent issues of communication, sexuality, values, media, risky behavior, school, mental health, violence and work.


Field Work

Country: Morocco
Day: 1 - Thursday, 22 October

Students will have the opportunity for in-depth discussions with young people from Morocco. Questions will be accumulated in class related to the cross-cultural contexts for adolescent development, and these questions will guide one-on-one and small group discussion. The settings for these conversations will include on-campus and informal off-campus settings. Conversations will address the set of topics for the full semester: fundamental changes of adolescence; the school, community, and family contexts of adolescence, and psychosocial development during adolescence. Students will be prepared to open and examine their own lives as they explore the lives of young people in Morocco. Academic objectives: 1. Apply adolescent psychology by thinking critically about theory and research in a person-to- person context. 2. Make person-to-person connections with young people in Morocco 3. Learn about culture and adolescent psychology in the context of Morocco