Wadiya A Udell
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of psychology. Topics may include the history of psychology; human memory; dreaming; cognitive psychology.
Summer 2012 - Adolescent Psychology in Film Adolescent psychology in film is a survey course on adolescent development that uses film to enhance learning of course theory and content. **Note: This is more of a psychology course, and less of a film course.** This course is designed to provide an introduction to the physical, social, emotional and cognitive transitions that occur during adolescence across various contexts. Students will become familiar with the research and theories of major contributors to this area, have a chance to discuss a wide range of topics bearing on adolescents’ experiences, and critically evaluate the ways in which adolescents are depicted in our society. A major goal of this course is for students to be able to discern the difference between stereotypes of adolescents and depictions/beliefs about adolescents that are based on research.
Student learning goals
1. To become familiar with major developmental transitions during adolescence;
2. To become familiar with influential theories of adolescent development;
3. To develop an understanding of the ways in which adolescent development is influenced by a variety of factors (e.g., cognitive, social, contextual);
4. To critically evaluate the depictions of adolescents in society, and analyze how the ways in which adolescents are portrayed in film connect to (either accurately or inaccurately) what is known about adolescence via research.
5. Learn a great deal about adolescence while having a good time (it is summer, it is Friday, and it is a 5 hour lecture).
General method of instruction
This course is a survey course in adolescent development. Given that we will be using film to enrich students’ understanding of theory and research, we have half the amount of time for lecture (i.e., approximately 50% of time will be spent watching films). It is therefore important that you understand that in addition to watching and discussing films, there will be quite a lot of content covered in the readings each week. You will be held accountable for the readings, and will be tested on the information as is typical for a survey course.
Class assignments and grading
Writing (total points = 150): There will be three 3-page (doubled space, 12-point font) graded writing assignments required for this course. As this is mainly a survey course using film as a medium for learning, there will be six quizzes distributed throughout the course. Given that it is not possible to write on every topic, quizzes will ensure that students are doing more than watching films, and are actually focusing on the course content. Quizzes (worth 30 points each) consist of multiple choice, and maybe some true/false, and fill in the blank questions. The quizzes cover both material presented during the lecture and in the readings. Participation is important for this course and is worth 20 points.