Psychology (PSYC) 350

Adolescent Psychology (Revision 7)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: PSYC 289, PSYC 290, PSYC 228, or an equivalent course is recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 350 has a Challenge for Credit option.


Psychology 350: Adolescent Psychology examines the physical, cognitive, social, and moral development of adolescents in the contexts of family, peers, school, work, and the media. It discusses major theories, methods of studying adolescents, adolescent development, and contemporary adolescent issues and concerns (e.g., work, school, media, sexuality, and suicide).

This course should be useful to parents, teachers, students, and any individuals who deal with adolescents in their life and work.


Unit 1: Fundamentals of Adolescent Psychology

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Biological Foundations
  • Lesson 3: Cognitive Foundations

Unit 2: The Roles of Culture, Gender, and the Self in Adolescent Development

  • Lesson 4: Cultural Beliefs
  • Lesson 5: Gender
  • Lesson 6: The Self

Unit 3: Intimate Contexts for Adolescents

  • Lesson 7: Family Relationships
  • Lesson 8: Friends and Peers
  • Lesson 9: Dating, Love, and Sexuality

Unit 4: Adolescents in Their Larger Contexts

  • Lesson 10: School
  • Lesson 11: Work
  • Lesson 12: Media

Unit 5: Problems and Resilience

  • Lesson 13: Problems and Resilience


To receive credit for PSYC 350, you must complete the five unit quizzes, a written assignment, and the final exam. You must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Unit Quizzes (5 quizzes) 30%
Written Assignment 30%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Arnett, J. J. (2013). Adolescence and emerging adulthood: A cultural approach (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 350 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the exam and obtain a composite mark of at least D (50 percent) to pass.

Activity Weighting
Research Paper 40%
Exam 60%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 7, July 10, 2014.

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