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PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
Barnes, Ronnie G.
PARK UNIVERSITY SYLLABUS
Instructor: RON G. BARNES
Spring II Term, 14 March thru 8 May 2005
Fridays 1700 – 2210 hrs
Ft. Bliss, TX Campus
1. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Developmental factors and problems common to the period from puberty to adulthood. Topics include self-identity, sexuality, lifestyles, parent-adolescent relationships, and conditions leading to optimal development.
2. GOALS OF THE COURSE: The main emphasis of the course is to develop an understanding of the research in the three primary domains of adolescent development: biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional processes. The course will focus on real issues as they occur in the social realm. Students will increase their understanding of this groups’ behavior through dialogue and interpretation. Practicing interactions in class will enable students to improve interpersonal relations. The course will prepare the student for more advanced psychology courses.
3. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Sequentially list historical events in the concept of, and research into,
2. Describe the biological and cognitive aspects of their physical development,
social thought, and information processing.
3. Identify the social contexts in which they are born, develop, and interact.
4. Interpret the ways in which youths decide upon their identity and their gender.
5. Examine moral development, choice of values, religion, work, and careers.
6. Discuss the psychological problems youth develop.
7. Demonstrate understanding of how youths cope with health issues and stress.
8. Consider practical applications of the material to the real lives of our youth.
4. COURSE ARRANGEMENT:
2. Group discussion
3. Group work
6. Evaluation of student learning
5. COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
1. CLASS PARTICIPATION (10%)
a. You are expected to attend class and participate in discussions.
b. Attendance will be taken in each class meeting.
c. Excused absences are at my discretion. You should notify me in advance if
possible. Written documentation may be required. Excess absences will reduce
your final grade. You are expected to make up all missed work.
2. RESEARCH REPORT (10%)
A research briefing to the class (5 minutes +/-) in which you explore a current
issue relating to adolescent psychology. This is NOT a research paper. You will
provide an outline (bullet highlights) of the most important facts. You will use the
internet for your research. Instructor will assign topic. You will provide copies of
handout to members of the class. These handouts will be included on your
exams. Due dates will be assigned.
3. ADOLESCENT INTERVIEW (10%)
An interview with an adolescent (aged 11-18) covering a list of prepared
questions (name can be anonymous). Length is to be 3-5 pages, word
processed, double-spaced. Handout of the prepared questions will be provided.
Due by end of course.
4. RESOURCE VISIT REPORT (10%)
Select one agency from the Helpline Directory to visit and complete the prepared
Questions (instructor will provide). Length is 2-5 pages, double spaced and word
processed. Due by end of course.
5. CHAPTER BRIEFING (10%)
You are expected to present the key information from a chapter in the text
assigned to you (and/or your group members). Provide a rough draft of your
outline via email to the instructor prior to presenting at class time. You are to
decide what information is relevant and how to present it to the class. You may
utilize visual aids, handouts, etc. to enhance your presentation. Be prepared to
conduct discussion and answer questions from the class and instructor. These
questions will be included on your exams. Due dates will be assigned by
6. MIDTERM AND FINAL EXAMS (25% EACH)
Multiple-choice format consisting of questions from all materials covered. Chpts.
1-7 will be tested on the midterm exam and Chpts. 8-14 will be tested on the final
6. TEXTBOOK LIST: “Adolescence”, Santrock, 10th Edition, McGraw Hill, 0-07-
7. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS LIST:
• Use of the internet/websites
• Magazine/Journal articles
• Personal interviews
8. CLASS MEETING/ASSIGNMENT/EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULE
1 Review syllabus, course requirements, personal introductions, class rules. Group assignments. Show video. Reading assignment: Chapters 1 and 2.
Cover material in Chapters 1 and 2. Group Discussion. Show video. Reading assignment: Chapters 3 and 4. Begin Presentations.
3 Cover material in Chapters 3 and 4. Group Discussion. Show video. Reading assignment: Chapters 5, 6, and 7. Continue Presentations.
Cover material in Chapters 5, 6, and 7. Group Discussion. Show video. Review for midterm exam. Reading assignment: Chapters 8 and 9. Continue Presentations.
Cover material in Chapters 8 and 9. Group Discussion. Show video. Reading assignment: Chapters 10 and 11. Continue Presentations.
Cover material in Chapters 10 and 11. Group Discussion. Show video. Reading assignment: Chapters 12, 13, and 14. Continue Presentations.
Cover material in Chapters 12, 13, and 14. Group Discussion. Show video. Continue Presentations. Review for Final Exam.
8 FINAL EXAM
Complete Presentations. Turn-in of all assigned work.
**NOTE: Instructor reserves the right to modify any of the above as time or circumstances may require.
9. CLASS POLICIES:
1. I reserve the right to drop any student for 3 days’ unexcused absences, disruptive
behavior or failure to do assigned work.
2. Academic honesty is imperative. Copying, from another student’s work or from
your works cited, without proper documentation will result in an F.
3. Student names will be reported to the main office after two consecutive
4. Prior arrangements must be made with the instructor for any extended absences
anticipated and all missed work must be made up.
5. Late submission of required assignments will result in points being deducted from
10. GRADING POLICY:
F 59 or BELOW
Class Participation = 10%
Teen Issue Report = 10%
Adolescent Interview = 10%
Resource Visit Report = 10%
Chapter Briefing = 10%
Mid-Term Examination = 25%
Final Examination = 25%
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION:
RON G. BARNES
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