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EDX3250 Adolescence: Issues and Challenges

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ

Other requisites

Students must have at least one year of full-time equivalent study (i.e., eight courses) prior to undertaking this course.


The present course aims to provide a forum for the advanced study of adolescent development, loosely predicated on Hill's (1983) framework for the systematic study of adolescence. This model holds that understanding adolescent issues and challenges involves a consideration of (a) the core transitions in adolescence, (b) the relationships of adolescents and (c) the contexts in which they develop. Accordingly, the course commences with an overview of the science of adolescent development, including a review of the scientific method and the importance of theory and empirical research to understanding the development of adolescents. Next, candidates review the fundamental developmental changes of adolescents in physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains. The course proceeds to examining the core relationships of adolescents, including a consideration of family, peer and sexual relations. Candidates then consider the major contexts of adolescent development, such as the worlds of school and work as developmental contexts. Finally, candidates consider the issues and challenges of non-normative development in adolescence. The course draws on multiple theoretical perspectives to not only explicate the issues and challenges of adolescent development but also guide the development of efficacious responses to these issues and challenges.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2015 Online
Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2015 Online
Semester 3, 2015 Online