Developmental Psychology: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Code
PSYC 3321
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course is a psychological study of the adolescent and emerging adult stages of life-span development. The major theories and research findings about adolescent development are examined with a view to helping students to better understand themselves and others. Emphasis is placed on the social-cultural and historical context of this developmental period.
Course Content
  1. Historical and cultural perspectives.
  2. Puberty, health and biological foundations.
  3. The brain and cognitive development.
  4. The self, identity, emotion and personality.
  5. Gender.
  6. Sexuality.
  7. Moral development, values and religion.
  8. Families.
  9. Peers, romantic relationships and lifestyles.
  10. Schools.
  11. Achievement, work, and careers.
  12. Culture.
  13. Problems and resiliency.
Methods Of Instruction

This course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, such as:

  • lecture
  • seminar presentations
  • research papers
  • audio visual presentations
  • examination and feedback
  • small group discussions and activities
Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Exams - 60%

Research paper - 30%

Paper topic and annotated bibliography - 10%

Total - 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the problems faced by adolescents and emerging adults.
  2. Describe the goals for healthy development in the adolescent and emerging adult period.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to utilize readings, experiences and research to pursue knowledge in some relevant area.   
  4. Describe the main theories of adolescent and emerging adult development.
  5. Identify the main developmental issues facing adolescents and emerging adults.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:

  • McMahan, I., & Thompson, S. (2015). Adolescence (Canadian Edition). Toronto, Pearson.
  • Santrock, J. (2016). Adolescence (16th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  • Arnett, J. J. (2018). Adolescence and emerging adulthood: A cultural approach (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.     




Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU PSYC 306 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU PSYC 2321 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG PSYC 2424 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PSYC 355 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 345 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 3451 (3) 2011/01/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 2XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 342 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO PSYO 2nd (3) 2005/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV PSYC 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) DOUG PSYC 2320 (3) & DOUG PSYC 3321 (3) & DOUG PSYC 3322 (3) = UNBC PSYC 2XX (6) & UNBC PSYC 345 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) DOUG PSYC 3320 (3) & DOUG PSYC 3321 (3) & DOUG PSYC 3322 (3) = UNBC PSYC 2XX (6) & UNBC PSYC 345 (3) 2008/01/01 to 2019/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/08/31
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PSYC 355 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU PSYC 336 (3) 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.