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CLS Class Highlight – Issues in Adolescence I & II

issues in adolescence

What class?

LSLC 3313/4313 Issues in Adolescence I & II

Why is it cool?

As any parent will tell you, adolescence can be a difficult time. Young people often struggle to adapt to the rapid pace at which their bodies, brains, emotions and social demands are changing. Because our Lifespan Care Administration degree program introduces students to the theoretical, ethical and legal issues related to caregiving at all stages of life, it is important that the future caregivers we instruct are familiar with this age group as well. Issues in Adolescence I and II approach caregiving with the adolescent in mind. Specifically, these classes provide the foundation for the exploration of physical, behavioral, mental, emotional and social changes that accompany growth and development during the adolescent years. Each class is designed to approach the topic from a different perspective, providing students with deep knowledge of a very complex stage of human life.

Issues in Adolescence I focuses on the scientific study of the biological, psychological, cognitive, emotional and social changes that occur during adolescence. It gives students a basic understanding of the processes taking place within each adolescent, and equips them with knowledge needed to understand the contribution of heredity and environment, the major developmental theories, and issues of morality, gender role, sexuality and family relationships. Throughout the course, students are asked to demonstrate a wide range of knowledge that includes major theories of adolescent behavior, the relative contribution of nature and nurture on adolescent development, scientific arguments pertaining to controversial issues, various prejudices faced by the adolescent, the effects of cognitive development on adolescent behavior and several social factors as well.

Issues in Adolescence II then expands upon these ideas and guides students through how to address problems and implement solutions when things go wrong. This class provides an in-depth examination of cutting edge policies that prevent problems faced by children, adolescents, and their families in our society, and provides support through evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents and families when problems have already occurred.

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Mary Wuestewald
Mary Wuestewald specializes in digital and content marketing at OU Outreach. In 2015, she earned a master's degree in Strategic Communication from OU’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She currently contributes to Insight magazine, the CLS blog and CLS social media efforts.

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