The Third Decade of Life (PSY2241.01)

Emily Waterman

In this course we will draw from the fields of developmental psychology and sociology to discuss the third decade of life, or approximately ages 18 to 30. We will ask questions such as: When does adolescence end, and when does adulthood begin? Is ‘emerging adulthood’ an accurate term to describe this period? What should be the purpose of our 20s? Are recent demographic trends toward delayed adult roles a good or bad phenomenon? How do cultural, historical, and economic forces impact the third decade of life? How can we best utilize this period to support our own further development? How can policies and programs support this period of life? We will discuss major topics relevant to the third decade of life such as substance use, romantic relationships and sex, identity development, work and career development, the transition to marriage, and the transition to parenthood.  This course will take place asynchronously with optional synchronous discussion times on Zoom; course participation will also take place on message boards and via videos.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Entirely remote (asynchronous)
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
TBA (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 40
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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