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COL 304
Spring 2007 not offered

By now commonly in America, adolescence is recognized as a central, indeed, crucial, stage in one's move toward adult definition. Often tumultuous, it is a time for trying out values, new experiences, roles and interests. Adolescence can be viewed psychoanalytically as the sustained period for trying to arrange and rearrange one's biological given of sex and reproductive capacity with one's inner images of self and gender, images that have accumulated in part from internalized parental, environmental and social attitudes, the pleasures and traumata of childhood, and the autonomous push of the instincts through the psycho-sexual stages of development. This course will address imaginative representations of adolescence, its psychology and social history, the better to understand the struggle for personal consolidation--and its vicissitudes--in young men and women. The course will also pose an educational question: Can the study of adolescence by advanced college students (themselves adolescents close to adulthood) add significantly to their knowledge and self-awareness and, thereby, to their growth?

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS COL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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