There is no formal prerequisite for this class. However, if you have not taken some lower-level SFL classes and research methods, you may find the course more challenging.
You will need to purchase this textbook: Steinberg, Laurence. (2014). Adolescence. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. (10th ed.).
Your book report and research project assignments should be typed, double spaced, 12-point font, and formatted using APA publication standards (6th edition) when applicable (with the exception of abstracts). You must turn in a project proposal and have it approved before you can turn in the research project.
Although I will usually provide approximate word counts that written assignments should not exceed, written assignments should be as long as they need to be in order to effectively complete the assignment, which generally falls into the guidelines provided for each assignment. Please see the individual assignments for more details.
Note: The assignments are grouped into eight portfolios. Do not submit the assignment until you have completed all of the relevant questions!
You will take two exams for this course. Each is worth 200 points and is closed book and notes, but there is no time limit.
Exams consist of multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions concerning reading assignments, class lectures, seminars, videos, and class discussions.
You may bring one 3 x 5 card of handwritten notes to the exam. Rarely in life are you called upon to regurgitate vast amounts of information without any resources, so I don’t think it is fair to require it in this case. You can write whatever you want on the card but can only use one side.
Here are the assignments and exams that make up your course grade:
|Research Project Proposal (you must turn this in before you begin the research project)||1|
|Menarche/Spermarche Questionnaire Completion||5|
|Puberty Timing Questions||25|
|Looking Up an Online Article||25|
|Teenage Brain Questions||25|
|Dan in Real Life Question||5|
|Parenting in Adolescence (1-minute Essay)||5|
|Parenting Styles Worksheet||10|
|Friday Night Lights Question||5|
|Peers and Ostracism Questions||10|
|Adolescent Identity Letter||10|
|Star Wars Question||5|
|Religion Article Questions||25|
|John Q Question||5|
|Moral Development Topics||10|
|Intimacy Video-clip Questions||5|
|Sex Education Questions||30|
|Sex Education Video Questions||5|
|School Shootings Assignment||25|
|Adolescent Media Questions||30|
|Looking toward Adulthood Assignment||20|
|Emerging Adult Assignment||15|
|Final Assignments (Submitted Singly)|
Your course grade will be calculated using these percentages:
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