This course presents an overview of the nature of adolescence—a socially and culturally constructed period in the life course—from a bio-psycho-socio-cultural perspective. We focus on the period of adolescence as a developmental stage and discuss different perspectives on the biological, psychological, social, and cultural influences on adolescent development in different countries and regions around the world. Primary consideration is given to the 12-18 year age period, with discussion of how this period might extend down to 10 years and up to 25 years in various countries and in relation to transitions and expectations. This course provides an overview of psychological theories that attempt to describe and explain adolescent development as well as a discussion of the methods commonly used to study adolescents. We discuss the period of adolescence, beliefs, gender, the self, family relationships, friends and peer-youth culture, love and sexuality, health risk behavior, education, work, media, politics and the military, as well as unique issues specific to various cultures around the world. Specific focus on biological, cognitive, and social transitions is presented with consideration of how culture impacts or influences development in each of these areas.
Field WorkCountry: India
Date: February 28, 2018
In this field class, students will attend a Bollywood movie, as well as meet, interact with, and interview students and professors from a local university. First, SAS and local students will have lunch together to meet and get acquainted. In the afternoon, the two groups will attend a Bollywood movie together. During the film, class members should look for examples of course concepts. Following the movie, class members and local university students will meet with local university professors to debrief the movie and to learn about local customs related to standards of beauty, attraction, friendship, gender roles, dating, courtship, marriage and the law as they pertain to adolescence in India.
1. Observe examples of beauty, attraction, friendship, gender roles, dating, courtship, marriage, and the law as they pertain to adolescence in India as portrayed in a Bollywood film.
2. Learn about standards of beauty, attraction, friendship, gender roles, dating, courtship, marriage, and the law as they pertain to adolescence in India through interviews and interactions with local university students and professors.
3. Compare and contrast standards of beauty, attraction, friendship, gender roles, dating, courtship, marriage, and the law in India, the United States, and other countries on the itinerary.