EDUC302-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Risks and Opportunities in Adolescence: Research and Applications

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to theory and research in adolescent development, with a special focus on risks and opportunities that are present in this stage of the life course. Students will be introduced to the core themes and a range of theory and research that is common to a developmental approach to adolescence, with an emphasis on the implications for education and positive development.

Teenagers, Youth, Young People, Adolescents, Pubescents, and Whippersnappers: While the names may change, the developmental period marked on one end by the physical changes associated with puberty and on the other end by the assumption of adult roles and responsibilities is increasingly recognised as one of the key developmental transition periods filled with both opportunity and risk. While the hormonal changes have long been recognised, new research has documented significant neurological changes (that often don’t coincide with one another), and when combined with societal opportunities, expectations, and challenges provides the potential for developmental plasticity or entrenchment, resilience or deviance, and well-being or psychopathology. In EDUC302, we will explore theory and research that specifically focuses on the period of adolescence and consider some of the research methods that have helped to uncover the complexities in human development during the ‘teen’ years.

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will develop a broad understanding of the developmental changes in adolescence and associated risks and opportunities that are present in this stage of life.
2. Students will acquire knowledge and research skills which enable them to critically review research and interventions targeting adolescents.
3. Students will be able to describe the implications that adolescent developmental research has for education, intervention, and youth programmes.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


EDUC202 or EDUC204, or
30 points at 200-level of EDUC, HLED, HLTH, HSRV, PSYC, or
YACL, or
by permission of the Head of School

Course Coordinator

Myron Friesen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Course Portfolio 40% The course portfolio will be assessed at the end of each term (20% for each term). Due dates: Part 1 - 31 March Part 2 - 2 June
Research Project 50% The research project includes an annotated bibliography and discussion of a key topic in applied adolescent development. The early draft is worth 10% and the final submission is worth 40% of your final grade. Due dates: Draft submission - 24 April Final submission - Exam period
Mini Research Presentation 10% A short presentation of the findings from your research project during the last two weeks of term two. Due dates: Weeks of 22 and 29 May

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

All EDUC302 Occurrences

  • EDUC302-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • EDUC302-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)