EDUC302-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Researching Development: Opportunities and Risks in Adolescence

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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:

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
any 30 points at 200 level of EDUC, or
HSRV, or
by permission of the Head of School.

Timetable Note

PLEASE NOTE that while the distance version of EDUC302 will permit students to study off-campus, it does NOT have a flexible delivery option (i.e., you cannot participate whenever you like). Thus, students enrolled in EDUC302(D) will still be required to participate electronically (via Adobe Connect) during the same times as the campus based students.

Course Coordinator

Susan Besley

Lab Technician

Susan Besley


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Discussion Questions 45% Various Dates
Research Report: Annotated Bibliography & Discussion Paper 45% Bibliography: Friday 22 May (pm) (15%) Discussion paper: Monday 1 June (am) (30%
Participation 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Readings will be posted on the course Learn website for students to download

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,553.00

International fee $6,750.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST 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

  • EDUC302-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • EDUC302-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)