Spring 2015

Psychology of Adolescence

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-332

Formerly listed as: PSYC-32


Elizabeth J. Aries (Section 01)


In this course we will examine adolescent behavior from the perspective of psychologists, sociologists, historians, and anthropologists. We will look at theories of adolescent development, empirical research studies, first person accounts written by adolescents, and narratives about adolescents written by journalists and novelists. We will cover the psychological and social changes that accompany and follow the physiological changes of puberty and the acquisition of new cognitive capacities. Topics include the role of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality in the formation of identity; changing relationships with family and peers; the development of intimate relationships; and the opportunities and constraints posed by neighborhoods and schools. The course aims to help students become more critical readers of and writers about the empirical and theoretical literature on adolescence.

Requisite: PSYC 227. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester.  Professor Aries.

If Overenrolled: Priority will go to juniors and seniors majoring in psychology who have completed Psych 227.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016