2018/2019, Semester 1
Arts & Social Sciences (Psychology)
Modular Credits: 4
Adolescence is a period of many transitions. This module will explore some of these transitions, ranging from the physical changes related to puberty to the psychological processes of identity formation to the social challenges of negotiating new patterns of relationships with family and peers. Special emphases will be placed on (1) localizing these developmental processes in Singapore and Asia, and (2) exploring the possible contextual effects of technology on these transitions.
The module will also aim to develop the skills of questioning, critical thinking and problem solving among students.
PL1101E and PL3234
Introduction: The Importance of Context
Chapter 1 (pp. 1- 24)
Theories and Methods
Chapter 1 (pp. 25-40)
Biological Development: Puberty
Social & Emotional Development: Self, Identity and Personality
Project Meeting (No Lecture)
Moral Development: Values and Religion
Chapter 9 (pp. 299-317)
Love and Sex: Romantic Development and Sexuality
Chapter 9 (pp. 318-326)
Schools and Achievement
Chapter 10 (pp. 338-358)
Chapter 11 (pp. 369-386)
Challenges: Problems and Health
There are 3 major assessments in this module:
Group Proposal (25%)
Students to work in groups of 4~5, and will have a choice in attempting either ONE of the following:
1) Research Proposal
The research proposal would be a possible empirical research project that the group would like to embark on in Singapore or in Asia.
2) Project Proposal
The project proposal would be a possible project that the group would like to implement in order to create change among the youth in Singapore or in Asia. As part of the proposal, students should think of how they would conduct an empirical investigation to evaluate EITHER the viability of the project (i.e., a pilot) OR the degree of its impact (i.e., actual implementation and evaluation).
Alternatively, students can attempt to do a program evaluation of a current ongoing program among youths as the project.
Each group should upload ONE group proposal each into the IVLE Workbin.
Brief literature review with clearly stated hypotheses (2 pages)
Method (No page limit)
Use diagrams to explain design if necessary
Predicted Results (2 pages)
Use figures and tables to present results
Submissions should also follow the following guidelines: APA-format, double-spaced, with 1" margins.
Please name your file: PL3244_TutorialGroup_GroupNumber.docx (e.g., PL3244_D1_Grp3.docx), and submit it into the IVLE workbin. Late submissions may be penalized accordingly.
Research or Project Proposal Presentation (25%)
This is a group presentation of the project. All presentations would be conducted on Tutorial 5 (Week 11~12). Each group will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present, and a combined 15 minutes Q&A to answer questions from the floor.
Groups will be assessed
on (1) the clarity of your presentation, (2) how convincing you are, and (3) your ability to answer queries that come from the floor.
More details will be released on Tutorial 1.
Final Exams (50%)
Details and format of the final exams would be released in the first lecture.
Therefore, my advice is: Come for the lecture. :)
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week