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Undergraduate Course: Transition to Adulthood - Finding a Place in the World (PSYL10170)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryEncourages student understanding of developmental processes, stress and coping, puberty, brain development. Applies these to address primary psychological challenges facing young people as they move into adulthood, such as managing sexuality and romantic relationships, negotiating educational and occupational aspirations and goals, individuating from parents, and finding one's 'place in the world'. Addresses individual differences in all areas covered.
Course description This course is intended to further student understanding of and ability to articulate, reason about, and apply general developmental principles and processes relevant to all areas throughout the lifespan to psychological challenges particularly relevant to young people between the ages of about 15 and 25.

Background material in areas such as development as an evolutionary process, stress and coping, puberty, and brain development will be covered. These will be used to address primary psychological challenges facing young people as they move into adulthood, such as managing sexuality and romantic relationships, negotiating educational and occupational aspirations and goals, individuating from parents, and finding one's identity and 'place in the world.' Throughout, ubiquitous presence of individual differences in all areas covered, and their tendencies to take systematic patterns, will be considered.

Assessment will focus on conceptual understanding of and ability to work with the material to address related questions and material not specifically presented, through class discussion and debate, discursive essays, in-class short-answer quizzes, and examination.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Data Analysis for Psychology in R 2 (PSYL08015)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should be studying Psychology as their degree major, and have completed at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

**Please note that upper level Psychology courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm: Coursework Short answer questions - 30%

Final: Exam - 70%
Feedback Students will submit their coursework halfway through the course. They will receive feedback on it in time for this to impact on their performance in the final assessment. This feedback will be based both on the quality of their arguments and on the implications of their arguments for upcoming topics and broader issues that are addressed in the latter half of the course.

They will also take part in seminars, in which they are all expected to read key papers and chapters, and engage in discussion about them and their broader implications for the course.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Exam2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the rationales for and articulate relevant psychological theories and concepts and the ways they have been tested
  2. Critically evaluate theories, measures, and relevant research methods
  3. Explain how and why it is important to society and individual well-being understand the phenomena current theories and concepts attempt to describe and explain
  4. Integrate ideas from various areas of psychology often working independently
Reading List
Readings will be taken from my text, Developing Difference, especially the chapters on genetics and evolution, stress, adolescence, and transition to adulthood. These will be supplemented by empirical research papers relevant to specific lecture themes.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Course should pique students' curiosity, help them chart their own life courses, think critically about both formal academic material and material on popular media, hone autonomy to take on new challenges, and communicate effectively.
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Course organiserProf Wendy Johnson
Tel: (0131 6)51 1304
Course secretaryMiss Anna Jarvis
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