EDUC 352 : Adolescence

Education and Social Work

2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Selected aspects of adolescent psychology including theories of development and an examination of contemporary issues in development such as positive youth development, cognitive transitions, family and peer contexts, sexuality, identity, and psychosocial problems.

Course Overview

Adolescence is such an important, exciting, yet challenging time of life. Important because decisions made during adolescence often have a profound impact on future opportunities. Exciting because adolescence is full of endless possibilities. Challenging because navigating opportunities can be difficult for some young people. Through this engaging course you will develop a deep understanding of adolescence globally and within the Aotearoa New Zealand Context. You will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to challenge the common stereotypes associated with this stage of like and view young people through a positive youth development lens. My aim is that by the end of this course you will hold practical knowledge on how to work alongside young people using strengths-based approaches and a social justice lens. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Any 45 points passed at Stage II Restriction: EDUC 343, 344

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate and discuss contemporary issues affecting adolescents, such as youth stereotypes, social media use, mental health challenges, and cultural diversity using developmental science (Capability 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  2. Synthesize and compare various perspectives on adolescence, including cultural, social, and biological viewpoints, demonstrating an appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of adolescent development (Capability 1, 3 and 4)
  3. Demonstrate an applied understanding of how to promote positive youth development in Aoteaora New Zealand using a social justice lens (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Quizes 30% Individual Test
Assessment 20% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Participation 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Final Exam

Students must achieve a total of at least 50 marks (or a 50% average) to earn an overall pass on this course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect [2] hours of on-line lectures, [1] hour of compulsory tutorials, [3] hours of reading and thinking about the content and [5] hours of work on assessments, and test/exam preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled face-to-face activities including tutorials to receive credit for components of the course.
Online lectures will be available as recordings. Students are expected to review online lectures before attending tutorials. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
Attendance on campus is not required for the test.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Many of the essential readings for this course are drawn from the following required textbook: 
Steinberg, L. (2019). Adolescence (12th ed. / International Student ed.). New York: McGraw Hill. 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

In 2019 100% of students who completed the course evaluation were satisfied with the quality of the course. One student commented:
I love how the slides where just straight and direct to the point. We had clear learning objectives. The lecturers were also great. You can tell that they cared about you, which is very rare at university. They provided tutorials for the literature review which was super helpful. Thank you also for the feedback for our assignment.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 02/11/2023 05:13 p.m.