Adolescence syllabus-2011-spring by zhaonedx


									                                   RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
                            PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE - 830: 326
                                     COURSE SYLLABUS
                                                Spring, 2011

Instructor:     Dr. Charlotte N. Markey              Lecture:               MWF, 10:10-11:05
e-mail:          Classroom:             ARM 121
Office Phone:   856.225.6332                         Office hours:          Wed 2-3pm, and by appt.
Office:         348 Armitage


Welcome to the Psychology of Adolescence!
This course discusses development during the adolescent and early adult years. Contemporary theories and
research will be used to help students understand issues central to adolescence including: pubertal
development, cognitive development, identity, dating and sexuality, family and peer relationships,
adolescents at school and work, culture and the media, and challenges faced by adolescents. Adolescence
will be discussed both as a distinct stage of life, and as an integral component of development across the
life span.


1)     Arnett, J.J. Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Approach (4th edition). Upper
       Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Available in the Rutgers-Camden bookstore and on the
       web. The fourth edition is recommended, but the 3rd edition will suffice if necessary.
2)     Articles are available via interlibrary loan and on the Sakai web page for this course – consult the
       course schedule to determine when they should be read.

Please read all assigned readings BEFORE they are covered in class to ensure you are prepared for class
discussions, exercise and quizzes.


1) CLASS PARTICIPATION AND ASSIGNMENTS: Class attendance and active participation is expected.
Most weeks you will turn in an assignment completed in class (e.g., an exercise designed to increase your
understand of the material discussed). Some exercises may be assigned as homework, and you may be
asked to bring in information pertaining to a particular topic we are discussing in class. If you are not in
class, there is no way to complete these assignments; make-ups will not be available. One class assignment
will be “dropped” per student. Thus, this component of your grade will be based on the following criteria:
1) Did you contribute to the intellectual climate in class (by attending class, listening to the professor and
your classmates, and participating in discussions and exercises)? and 2) Did you turn in all of the
worksheets and exercises assigned?

2) QUIZZES: You will be evaluated on your reading of course materials and class attendance by
completing 3 quizzes via the class sakai web page ( As noted on the course schedule, 4
quizzes are offered; you must complete 3. You will not get extra credit for completing all 4. No excuses
for missing a quiz will be accepted given that you are allowed to miss 1 quiz. Quizzes are intended to help
you prepare for exams and provide credit for classroom learning. All quizzes are due at 11pm via the sakai
web page on the day they are assigned; they should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

3) EXAMS: You will be evaluated on your understanding of the material by taking 2 midterms and a
final exam. Each exam will include questions based on the readings and lectures, with an emphasis on
material explicitly discussed in class. Study guides and review sessions should aid in your preparation for
the exams. No make-up exams will be given unless arrangements are made prior to an exam or proof of
necessary absenteeism (e.g., a Dr. note) is provided.

4) EXTRA CREDIT: Students have the option to earn extra credit for completing up to two readings from
the Adolescent Portraits book (readings NOT assigned for class; extra readings) and providing
comprehensive summaries of the readings and their relation to class information. Students can earn up to 2
points per reading summary and these points will be added to their quiz grade (each quiz is worth 10


Grades will be computed as follows:
       Attendance and class assignments                     10%
       Quizzes (via Sakai web page)                         10%
       1st Midterm Exam                                     25%
       2nd Midterm Exam                                     25%
       Final Exam                                           30%
                                             COURSE SCHEDULE
The following is a tentative schedule for this course. Dates may change slightly depending on our actual progress in
covering the material. * Unless otherwise indicated, chapter readings refer to the Arnett text. Case studies are on
reserve. RR: Reserve Readings, available via the library and on the sakai web:

Date                    Topic                                                            Readings*

Week 1                  Introduction to the Psychology of Adolescence
Wed, Jan 19             Why study adolescents?                                           Ch 1*
Fri, Jan 21             Adolescence as a time of storm and stress                        RR Arnett, 1999

Week 2                  Biological Development During Adolescence
Mon, Jan 24             The biology of puberty                                           Ch 2, RR Time article
Wed, Jan 26             Psychological responses to puberty                               Ch 2
Fri, Jan 28             The timing of puberty                                            QUIZ 1 due at 11pm

Week 3                  Cognitive Development During Adolescence
Mon, Jan 31             Inside the Teenage Brain
Wed, Feb 2              Review of Piaget                                                 Ch 3
Fri, Feb 4              Abstract thought, critical thinking, social cognition            Ch 3

Week 4                  Cultural Context of Adolescent Development
Mon, Feb. 7             Culture and adolescent identity                                  Ch 4, Case 7
Wed, Feb 9              Religion and morality                                            Ch 4, Case 7
Fri, Feb 11             Review for Midterm 1

Week 5                  Gender Development
Mon, Feb 14             Midterm 1, Ch 1-4, Reserve Readings, and Case Studies
Wed, Feb 16             Movie and begin discussion of gender                             Ch 5
Fri, Feb 18             Finish discussion of gender                                      Ch 5

Week 6                  Identity Development
Mon, Feb 21             Self-esteem                                                      Ch 6
Wed, Feb 23             Identity                                                         Ch 6
Fri, Feb 25             Identity, cont.                                                  Case 3; QUIZ 2

Week 7                  Adolescents and their Families
Mon, Feb 28             Parents and parenting styles                                     Ch 7
Wed, March 2            The role of family in adolescents’ lives                         Ch 7, Case 10
Fri, March 4            The “modern family”                                              Ch 7, Case 10
                        (class may start late on this day)

Week 8                  Adolescents and their Peers
Mon, March 7            Peers and friendships                                            Ch 8
Wed, March 9            Social groups                                                    Ch 8
Fri, March 11           Popularity; movie                                                Ch 8; QUIZ 3
Week 9              Spring Break

Week 10             Dating, Love, and Sexuality
Mon, March 21       Dating and love                                      Ch 9
Wed, March 23       Sexuality                                            Ch 9
Fri, March 25       Sexual orientation, movie                            Ch 9, Case 8

Week 11             Midterm 2
Mon, March 28       review for Midterm 2
Wed, March 30       Midterm 2, Ch 5-9 and Case Studies
Fri, April 1        No Class

Week 12             Adolescents and the Media
Mon, April 4        Media Influences on Adolescents                      Ch 12
Wed, April 6        The media, gender, and identity; movie               Ch 12
Fri, April 8        New media in adolescents’ lives                      Ch 12

Week 13             Adolescents at School and Work
Mon, April 11       School                                               Ch 10
Wed, April 13       School                                               Ch 10
Fri, April 15       Work                                                 Ch 11

Week 14             Externalizing Disorders
Mon, April 18       Problems in Adolescence                              Ch 13; QUIZ 4
Wed, April 20       Risk Behaviors                                       Ch 13, Case 13
Fri, April 22       Externalizing, cont., movie                          Ch 13

Week 15             Internalizing Disorders
Mon, April 25       Depression                                           Ch 13
Wed, April 27       Internalizing disorders, cont., and movie            Ch 13
Fri, April 29       Wrap-up and Begin Review for Final Exam

Week 16             Review
Mon, May 2          Final Exam Review

Friday, May 6, 9am-12pm FINAL EXAM, partially cumulative with emphasis on Chapters 10-13

  1)    This class will be most rewarding for you if you are an active participant in class and view this
        experience as a collaborative enterprise. To this end, throughout the semester you are
        encouraged to communicate with your professor (during class and during office hours) and are
        expected to keep up with all readings and assignments.

  2)    Additional information about this class, and a copy of the syllabus is available on the
        instructor’s web page ( or and the course Sakai web page (
        Being unaware of course requirements and expectations is not an excuse for failing to complete
        any of the assignments in this course.

  3)    If you are in class, you will be expected to be attentive, participate, stay the entire class time,
        and be prepared for any activities and exams scheduled for that day. You will be asked to leave
        class if you do any of the following:       ~Talk on your cell phone (turn phones off!)
                                                    ~Text on your cell phone
                                                    ~Open your lap top computer or blackberry
                                                    ~Pass notes to classmates
        You attendance in this course is voluntary. If you do not wish to be in class or prefer to do any
        of these activities instead of being in class, then you should leave.

  4)    If you miss a class, you are expected to obtain class notes from a classmate and to stay on top of
        any of the activities/ discussions missed. It is your responsibility to become informed of any
        announcements made in class. Further, while class worksheets/ exercises will not be accepted
        late, it will increase your understanding of class material (and help you to prepare for exams) if
        you complete them.

  5)    Power point slides presented in class will not be available except in class (i.e., these will NOT
        be posted on the web). If you miss class, you should obtain notes from a classmate and read the
        textbook. Note that the majority of material discussed in class (approx. ~85%) is in the
        textbook. Course lectures are designed to aid in your understanding of the assigned readings,
        focus you on the most important material, and offer an opportunity to further your
        understanding through class discussion. (In other words, power point slides are not a substitute
        for class attendance and will not be available outside of class.)

  6)    No make-up exams will be given unless arrangements are made prior to an exam or proof of
        necessary absenteeism (e.g., a Dr. note) is provided. If you miss an exam due to exceptional
        circumstances (e.g., a serious car accident), it is your responsibility to contact the instructor
        within 24 hours of the exam to discuss the possibility of a make-up exam. You may also contact
        the department secretary, Jackie Dunn, in the case of an emergency at 856-225-6520. Any
        make-up exam is likely to differ from the exam the rest of the class takes and will typically be in
        essay format.

  7)    Academic dishonesty will NOT be tolerated. Academic dishonesty includes (but is not
        limited to) cheating on exams and plagiarism. Students caught participate in academic
        dishonesty will receive a score of zero on the relevant assignment. In addition, instances of
           academic dishonesty will be referred to the Scholastic Conduct Committee. Sanctions for
           academic dishonesty range from failing an assignment to failing a course or expulsion from the
           University. For additional information about Rutgers’ policies concerning academic dishonesty
           refer to:

   8)      For disability accommodations, please call the Disability Services Coordinator (Nathan
           Levinson, (856) 225-6219, Students who require special
           accommodations should also contact the instructor within the first few days of class.

The readings are available via interlibrary loan and on the course Sakai web page under “resources.”
The Portraits book can be purchased.

Arnett, J. J. (1999). Adolescent Storm and Stress, Reconsidered.

Time article about early puberty in girls

Case 7: “In Search of My Voice” from Adolescent Portraits book

Case 3: “The Struggle of a Lifetime” from Adolescent Portraits book

Case 10: “The Family I Have” from Adolescent Portraits book

Case 8: “The Girl in Me” from Adolescent Portraits book

Case 13: “Beyond the Euphoric Buzz” from Adolescent Portraits book

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