EDUC302-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Risks and Opportunities in Adolescence: Research and Applications

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 F3 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 315
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Myron Friesen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Discussion questions 30% Weekly: 3 in Term 1, 2 in Term 2
Research project program selection and brief description 08 Mar 2024 5%
Research project evaluation article selection 28 Mar 2024 5%
Research project presentation 10% Slides and speaker notes: Monday 13 May Presentations: Weeks of 20 & 27 May
Research project final report 50% First exam week: 10-14 June

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,687.00

International fee $7,900.00

* 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

  • EDUC302-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • EDUC302-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)