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Adolescent Psychology

  • Spring 2021
  • Section 50629
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/19/2021 to 05/10/2021
  • Modified 01/16/2021


Examines theoretical and empirical literature related to adolescence, emphasizing biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of maturation and development from puberty to young adulthood. Topics include the adolescent's search for identity; influences of culture, family, school and peer group; and problems and pathologies in adolescence. (Sp)


Prerequisite: Minimum 2.0 in PSYC 200 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6


Contact Hours







Total Hrs



Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the characteristics of adolescents in previous times with today's adolescents, emphasizing how the zietgeist affected/affects adolescence and later life issues.
  2. Contrast distinguishing characteristics of adolescents from different cultures.
  3. Summarize the social, cognitive and biological changes in adolescence.
  4. Identify various dimensions in the adolescent's search for identity.
  5. Summarize the psychological determinants of vocational and career choice, and the adolescent's entry into the world of work.
  6. Identify and discuss influences of the family, the school, and the peer group in the socialization of the adolescent.
  7. Identify factors that lead to delinquency and the use of drugs in adolescence.
  8. Appraise changes in adolescent sexual attitudes, values, and behavior.
  9. Identify causes of problems and pathologies in adolescence.


Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood - A Cultural Approach

  • Author: Jeffrey Jansen Arnett
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Edition: Sixth
  • ISBN: 9780134596877

You can use an earlier edition of this book if you have one. Just make sure to keep up with all of the assigned readings.


Student Electronic Access to Grades

Desire2Learn (D2L) is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day. 

If your instructor is using an electronic gradebook system other than D2L, instructions on accessing that system will be provided below.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Critical Thinking 120 points Weekly CTQs

Twelve (12) critical thinking questions (CTQs), 10 points apiece. CTQ information is available each week in the specified weekly content folder in D2L.

Learning Assessment 200 points Quizzes

Four (4) Exams, 50 points each exam, over the following topics:

  • EXAM #1: Chapters 1-3
  • EXAM #2: Chapters 5, 6 & 9
  • EXAM #3: Chapters 7, 8, 11
  • EXAM #4: Chapters 4, 10, 12, & 13

See D2L for specific due dates and submission information.

Application 50 points Research Project

See D2L for research project rubric and assignment submission details.



College Standard


College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Teaching Approach

Some of the concepts covered in this course may be more familiar or easier to learn for some students than others. My hope is to provide a solid foundation for understanding of the concepts of introduction to psychology as well as further the understanding of more seasoned students. My approach will be straightforward, challenging, and fair. The success of this approach, however, relies to a great extent on the effort on the part of the students in the course.

I have based this approach on a shared responsibility of learning. As the instructor, I am responsible for clearly covering the course content and expectations. As students, you are responsible for learning the material. This means that you will need to work to understand and apply the concepts covered in the material. You should feel free to ask questions and actively participate in class discussion and activities to further ensure your understanding. If you need help or are confused about a particular topic, please contact me so that I can help you to not fall behind. Students who are struggling in class are responsible for seeking assistance from me as soon as possible. 

In other words: This class is structured for adults. This means that the learner does most of the work. If you're lost, you need to let me (your instructor) know. 

Class Attendance/Participation

In this online class we do not have structured meeting times, so I don't take attendance. Because this is an online class, and we are not able to have discussions in person, participation is absolutely key to your learning and understanding of the course material. 

Please note that while I do require weekly discussion posts, I *do not* require students to respond to other students. I do encourage you to do that, but it is not mandatory. That said, I *do* expect that you will make substantial contributions each week. This is how I will measure your participation in this course. While I do not give points for participation alone, students who actively participate and engage in this course tend to earn much higher grades on the assignments and the final exam in this class. 

Students who do not complete the weekly assignments will earn a zero (0) grade for that assignment until which time they complete the assignment and turn it in late. Please refer to the Late Assignments and Tests policy for more info on this.

Students who have trouble or forsee issues with regular class participation should consult me (the instructor) immediately to discuss how to be successful in this class.

Late Tests and Assignments

Unless otherwise indicated, assignments are due by 11:59pm on the designated due date. My philosophy is such that if I don't allow you to complete an assignment, I'm taking away your opportunity to learn from that assignment. Therefore, I DO accept late assignments, based on the following late assignment grading schedule:

  • First time turning in a late assignment: No penalty
  • Second and subsequent times turning in a late assignment: 5% penalty for each DAY the assignment is late. 

Assignments are considered late beginning at midnight (12pm). If you habitually turn in late assignments, I will most likely contact you to find out if you are okay. If there is something I can help you with regarding time management or access to the assignments, I will do whatever I can to help you succeed. If you just don't want to do the assignments or you don't like the course, I'm afraid there is not much I can do about that. Either way, we are all adults, and I will respect your decision to either continue to turn in late assignments or work with me so that you do not have to keep incurring late assignment penalties.

Please note:  Late Assignments will not be accepted after May 6, 2019 at 5pm EST.  This is the last day of the semester, so there will be no exceptions to this policy unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor in advance, in writing. Be aware that it is *rare* that I make exceptions in this case, but it does happen in extreme cases. To find out more about this part of my policy, please feel free to contact me.

Withdrawals and Incompletes

Per LCC policy, a student may withdraw from a class with no grade shown on their record by January 20, 2019.  After that date, students may drop the course with a grade of "W" until April 22, 2019. Students are responsible for knowing all policies and procedures regarding Drops, Withdrawals, and Audits. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Students who elect to “just not come to class” instead of actually dropping the course will earn the grade they deserve, meaning that they will run the risk of a failing grade on their transcript.  If a student no longer wishes to attend this course, it is up to that student to drop the course from their schedule, NOT the instructor.

The Catalog states that an Incomplete (I) is not a grade.  A request for an Incomplete must be from the student when “the student is unable to complete the course for a good and serious reason, [and] the student has demonstrated successful progress in the class, and the student has completed 80% of the coursework.”  The student must complete all incomplete coursework by the end of the next semester.  Please note that Incompletes are at the instructor’s discretion, and will only be given to students who have successfully completed at least 80% of the coursework, and are passing the course at the time the Incomplete is requested.

Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available for this course. 

Class Discourse

Please adhere to the following guidelines for this class:

1. Be respectful of others. If you choose to respond to another student's discussion post, keep in mind that I read everything everyone writes in this class, and if I see a problem I will not hesitate to contact you. 

2. Stay on topic. This includes refraining from interjecting political or religious comments into any discussion we are having during this class. Regardless of how you feel about a particular candidate, religious view, or anything else related you should know that it is inappropriate to spend class time debating these topics. 

3. Be open-minded. I did not just invent the material we cover in class; this material was written and researched by experts in this field. 

4. Know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. It will become clear to me and others that patterns will develop regarding commentary from certain students. You should know that I pay careful attention to this, and will not allow comments that are obviously meant to be inflammatory, hostile, bullying, or intimidating in any way. If I tell you that your comment is in appropriate and that you need to stop talking, you should stop talking. If you are unable to adhere to this, you can feel free to drop this course on your own or I will be happy to contact the Dean on your behalf. 

5. When a student shares personal information about themselves, please keep in mind that it is not up to you to inform that person that they are wrong about how they think or feel. You should also recognize that it is difficult for many people to share personal information.

6. Psychological development can be affected by our environment, our experiences, how we were raised, etc. I appreciate students sharing thoughts when I specifically ask for you to do so. However, I will not indulge someone who is clearly just "talking over me" and has no intention of considering anyone else's viewpoint or engaging in meaningful class discussion.

This behavior violates the LCC Student Code of Conduct, and interferes with the learning environment and instructional process in our classroom. Specifically, the student code of conduct says "Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other College activities, including its public service functions on or off campus, or of other authorized non-College activities when the conduct occurs on College premises" is grounds for disciplinary action against a student. I have a link in our syllabus to the LCC Student Code of Conduct, and you can access it here as well:  Remember it is your responsibility to read this, know it, and adhere to it.

Institutional Policies

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

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