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Nita Mckinley
TPSYCH 321
Tacoma Campus

Adolescent Psychology

Explores the multiple contexts of adolescents' lives, including the interactions of biology, psychology, and sociocultural aspects of development. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101

Class description

In this course we will explore adolescent psychology, including theories and methodologies used by developmental psychologists, as well as research findings. The class will include lectures, large class discussions, small group discussions, and individual research papers. We will take a contextual perspective, which examines the interaction of biological, psychological, and social aspects of development. In this course, you should learn · how developmental psychologists theorize about and study development. · to be “critical consumers” of developmental research. (Note that “critical” means understanding both the contributions and limitations of a given study.) · to apply a contextual perspective in understanding adolescent development. · what we know about adolescent development based on psychological research.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, large group discussion, small group discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nita Mckinley
Date: 11/04/2003