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 WorkCountry: Singapore
Day: 1 - Singapore - 22 February
Students will have the opportunity for in-depth discussions with young people from Singapore. 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 Singapore. Academic Objectives:
- Apply adolescent psychology by thinking critically about theory and research in a person-to-person context.
- Make person-to-person connections with young people in Singapore.
- Learn about culture and adolescent psychology in the context of Singapore.