Adolescence is often thought of as a time of great change and upheaval as children navigate the transition into adulthood. Raging hormones, changing social expectations and relationships, and developing autonomy all contribute to this tumultuous time. This course will examine the biological, cognitive, and social changes that occur during adolescence to develop a better understanding of this unique period of development. Using psychological as well as neuroscience and social science literatures the course will examine adolescence through multiple perspective to develop a well rounded picture of this developmental period. Students will be asked to read primary literature in psychology and neuroscience as well as from other relevant fields such as anthropology and sociology. Requirements will include short papers throughout the semester as well as a major research project. Prerequisite: Students having been on the waitlist in the Spring 2009 will be given priority. This course satisfies Division I distribution requirements.
Previous Semesters Taught
Spring 2009: CS-0246/NS-0246/SS-0246