FAM 357: CONTEMPORARY ADOLESCENCE
Fall, 2000


A.O’Malley, Ph.D.                                              Office:  305a Funkhouser
TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.                                            Office Hours: MT 11:30-12:00
EH 203                                                                                    W     3:00-3:30
                                                                                                 R      2:00-2:30 and 4:30-5:00
                                                                                                 Other Times by Appointment

Tel.  257-1648                                                  aomall@pop.uky.edu
Fax 224 - 0379                                                 ajomall@aol.com

Teaching Assistant:            Mike Hench             carimike@earthlink.net
                                         Office Hours: TR   2:00-3:00   215 Funkhouser



COURSE DESCRIPTION

A survey of contemporary adolescent development and behavior with special emphasis on the multiple forces which affect this stage of development.



WEBSITEwww.uky.edu/Classes/FAM/357


TEXTBOOK

 Rice, F. P. (1999).  The Adolescent:  Development, relationships, and culture.  Ninth Edition.  Boston:  Allyn and Bacon.



COURSE AIMS

- To draw upon an interdisciplinary knowledge base in order to understand the processes and dynamics of adolescent development within the context of the life span.

- To examine the multiple cultural and social forces which affect adolescence.

- To develop an appreciation for the interrelatedness of theory, research, and professional work with adolescents.

- To identify and examine milestones and issues related to one’s own adolescence.



CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE

    - Arrive on time. If you are late, take a seat near the door. If there are no seats near the door, you may stand or sit on
       the floor. DO NOT walk in front of classmates or the instructor once the class session has begun.

    - Remain present for the full class period. (Leaving class early will result in a recorded absence.) Notify the instructor
       (in advance) if you have to leave class early.

    - Remove all hats and caps upon entering the classroom.

    - Turn pagers/cell phones off upon entering the classroom.

    - No food is to be eaten during class sessions.

    - Do not blow bubbles with bubblegum during class.

    - Show respect for others by your speech, behavior, and body language.



WRITING SKILLS

It is assumed that all students in this course can communicate effectively using standard written English. Assignments, in part, are designed to sharpen academic writing skills as well as to foster critical thinking/reflection related to the spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and organization of ideas. Writing mechanics are important! The Writing Lab in the Young Library has been established to help students with writing skills. Use it if you need help!



INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS

The course format will be lecture-discussion.  Class exercises and discussions will be important components of the learning process.
Reasonable accommodations: If you have a special need that may require an accommodation or assistance, please inform the instructor of that fact as soon as possible and no later than the end of the second class meeting.



COURSE REQUIREMENTS

1. Class attendance and participation:  Attendance is an essential ingredient of class participation.  Each student is expected
     to attend all class sessions and to participate in class exercises and discussions by raising questions and issues, responding
     to questions, and engaging other students in discussion.

    Students are entitled to an excused absence for the purpose of observing major religious holidays. However, the
    instructor must be notified in writing by the second week of class.

    Inclement weather policy:  If the Fayette County Public Schools are closed due to ice or snow, this class will not meet.
    If an exam or paper was due on a snow day, the exam will be given (or the paper collected) on the next class day.

    Note:  This is not university policy.  This policy applies to this class only!

2.   Reading (as assigned throughout the semester).  It is essential to complete the assigned reading prior to each class
      session.   Class lectures, exercises, and discussions will assume that the student has control of the reading material.

3.   Exams: There will be three exams – covering the reading assignments, lectures, and class exercises. Exams will include
      objective and essay type questions.  Exams must be written in blue or black ink in blue examination books.  Make-up
      exams will only be given in the case of documented excused absences.  Make-up exams may differ in format from exams
      given during regularly scheduled exam times.

4.  Developmental Autobiography: Each student will write a 5-7 page paper identifying and describing the developmental
     issues and milestones of their adolescence within a life span perspective. If a student objects to the personal nature of this
     assignment, he/she may contract with the instructor for an alternative one.

5.  Book Review and Class Presentation:  Each student will select a book (to be approved in advance by the instructor)
     related to the development of adolescents and will write a review of the selected book.  The book review will be presented
     orally to a class discussion group.  (Details of the assignment will be given in class).

**  ALL ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE THOROUGHLY EXPLAINED DURING CLASS SESSIONS.  IF YOU MISS        THE  EXPLANATION FOR AN ASSIGNMENT DUE TO ABSENCE, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO GET THE INFORMATION FROM  A CLASSMATE **

**  ALL ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE TYPED OR WORD-PROCESSED AND PREPARED ACCORDING TO APA GUIDELINES.  HANDWRITTEN/HAND PRINTED PAPERS WILL NOT BE READ BY THE INSTRUCTOR.

**  Grades on late papers will be reduced (except in cases of excused documented absences) by 5% for each day late.   Papers must be turned in within the first five minutes of the class session in order to be considered “on time”.



GRADING

The final grade for the course will reflect class participation (class exercises and attendance are a component of participation) as well as the scores earned on papers and exams.

Points will be distributed in the following manner:

 Exam 1…………………………………………   100 points
 Exam 2…………………………………………   100
 Exam 3…………………………………………   125
Developmental Autobiography……………....…..      50
 Book Review and Presentation…………………      75
 Class Participation……………………………..       50
 Total……………………………………………   500

In order to earn a grade of “C” or better, all papers and exams must be completed.  Upon completion of all assignments, grades will be determined in the following manner:

   450-500 = A
   400-499 = B
   350-399 = C
   300-349 = D
       0-299 = E


ACADEMIC STANDARDS

All members of the academic community are expected to produce their own scholastic work.  When using outside sources, students are to give credit for ideas and information taken from others.  The minimum penalty for cheating and plagiarism is an “E” in the course.


TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

DATE                 TOPIC                                                                                            ASSIGNMENT

Aug. 24                Orientation to Course                                                                        Syllabus

Aug. 29                 Adolescence in Social Context                                                          Chapter 1

Sept.5,12              Theoretical Foundations of Development                                           Chapter 2
                             The Developmental Autobiography

Sept. 7:  Selection of Book for Review

Sept. 14-19          The Biological Context of Adolescence                                               Review Ch.4
                                                                                                                                       Focus:  Ch.5

Sept. 21-26           Cognitive Development                                                                      Chapter 6
                                                                                                                                       pp.148-155
Sept. 28                Exam 1

Oct. 3                   The Family System                                                                              Ch.13

Oct. 5                   Adolescents:  All Grown Up?                                                               Ch. 14

Oct. 10-12           Adolescents in Ethnic Context                                                               Ch. 3

Oct. 17-19           Identity                                                                                                 Ch. 8

Oct. 24                Book Reviews Due

Oct. 26-31           The Peer Group                                                                                    Ch.10 and 11

Nov. 2                  Adolescents and School                                                                        Ch.15

Nov. 7                  Election Day

Nov. 9                  NCFR Convention                                                                             TBA

Nov 14                Exam 2

Nov. 16               Sexual Values, Behavior, and Education                                                 Ch.9

Nov. 21               Moral and Spiritual Development                                                            Ch.12

Nov. 23              Academic Holiday

Nov. 28-30         Vocational/Career Choice                                                                       Ch.16

Dec. 5                 Developmental Autobiographies due
 

Dec. 5-7              Alienation and Atypical Development                                                      Ch. 17 and 18
                            Protective Factors in Adolescence

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1:00 p.m.          Final Exam 3