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Course module: 200500046
200500046
Adolescent Development
Course infoSchedule
Course code200500046
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Psychology;
Contact personprof. dr. J.J.S. Dubas
Telephone+31 30 2531892
E-mailJ.J.S.Dubas@uu.nl
Lecturers
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. J.J.S. Dubas
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Lecturer
prof. dr. J.J.S. Dubas
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Lecturer
S. Novin
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Teaching period
3  (08/02/2021 to 23/04/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
3
Time slotD: WED-afternoon, Friday
Study mode
Full-time
RemarkLanguage used: English
Enrolment periodfrom 02/11/2020 up to and including 29/11/2020
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Waiting listNo
Aims
All lectures and course material will be given in English. Students will be required to complete all examinations and assignments in English too.

The general goal of this course is have students gain knowledge concerning the important theories, concepts, issues and research in the field of adolescent development.

Aims
After completing this course students will be able to:
  1. Describe the biological, psychological and social developmental processes and changes that occur during adolescence and how they relate to current theories on adolescent development.
  2. Interpret observations and case histories of adolescent behaviour in terms of major developmental theories and current research.
  3. Identify the major physical and mental health issues affecting adolescents.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of how scientific methodology is applied to the study of adolescent development.
  5. Critically analyze and evaluate research related to adolescent development.
  6. Argue and defend how theory and research may be used to develop and support youth policy and practices in community or societal settings.

Relation between assessment and objective
The exams are designed to examine whether the students have mastered all 6 learning aims of the course. The written assignment is designed to have students demonstrate in greater depth their ability to critically analyze and evaluate research (aim 5) and argue how research may be useful for policy and practices in community or societal settings (aim 6).
Content
This course focuses on the intra- and interpersonal changes that occur during the adolescent period. These changes will be primarily defined and analyzed using a lifespan developmental perspective. This course will focus on changes that occur within the adolescent (including changes related to biological, socio-emotional, cognitive and moral development) as well as changes in the social context (including changes in family relations and peer relations and the larger society). Lectures focus on traditional and new theoretical perspectives on adolescent development, contemporary research that tests and informs these theories, and how theory and research relates to policy and practice. The final grade for the course will be based on grades from 3 exams and 1 written assignment (divided into 2 parts). The exams and written assignment each constitute 25% of the final grade.

Assumed knowledge
For international students interested in taking the course Adolescent Development, it is desireable that they have successfully completed an introductory psychology course and a developmental psychology course and have at least a basic knowledge of statistics and research methods. Students should be second or third year students who are studying psychology or a related field in their home university.
Competencies
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Entry requirements
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Prerequisite knowledge
For international students interested in taking the course Adolescent Development, it is desireable that they have successfully completed an introductory psychology course and a developmental psychology course and have at least a basic knowledge of statistics and research methods. Students should be second or third year students who are studying psychology or a related field in their home university.
Required materials
Book
Steinberg, L. (2020, 12th edition). Adolescence. International student edition. Print ISBN: 9781260565676 or e-book ISBN: 9781260569414
Yet to be specified
Additional readings may be assigned and will be announced on Blackboard.
Instructional formats
Lecture

General remarks
Students are expected to attend the lectures. This means that it is understood that students be present and actively engaged during lectures, that all information and material presented or discussed during lecture is potential material for exams, and that important announcements may be made in the lecture (that perhaps will not be announced on Blackboard). Thus, any student who does not attend lecture is responsible for finding out what occurred in the lecture.

Class session preparation
Students are expected to have read the assigned literature before a particular lecture. At the same time students are expected to study and learn the course material, to actively attend to the lectures and complete any assignment on time. All exams and assignments must be completed in English.

Tests
Written assignment part 1
Test weight5
Minimum grade2

Written assignment part 2 (final paper)
Test weight20
Minimum grade5.5

Aspects of student academic development
Academic thinking, working and acting
Information study and analysis
Synthesizing and structuring of information
Intellectual skills
Writing skills (general) - preparing, writing, rewriting and finishing various texts
Using information and communication technology ('computer literacy')
Communication skills
Structured work approach
Organisational skills
Knowledge leverage in a wider context
Research report analysis and evaluation
Material / data analysis and processing
Research skills - overall
Mastering of methods and techniques

Exam 1
Test weight25
Minimum grade2

Exam 2
Test weight25
Minimum grade2

Exam 3
Test weight25
Minimum grade2

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