Youth Psychology and Sociology
Reference HHPOOL00000004
Taught in Lijst algemene opleidingsonderdelen AILOAcademic Teacher Training Programme in Social Health Science
Academic Teacher Training Programme in Physical Education
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 90.0
Studypoints (E) 3
Credit contract? Unrestricted Access: student takes into consideration the conditions mentioned in Starting Competences
Examination contract? Unrestricted Access: student takes into consideration the conditions mentioned in Starting Competences
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Course included in exam contract
Retake possible? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Wim Beyers
Department PP07
Key Words

Position of the Course

This course is not a systematic introduction to the developmental psychology or sociology of adolescence. Instead, it aims to provide preliminary insights into the psychology of young people and their life world that might be of interest to prospective teachers. Attention is directed towards the kind of youngsters that teachers with a university training will work with, i.e., adolescents properly speaking (grades 9-12; aged 14 to 18) and late adolescents or young adults (in higher education; aged 18 to 22).


After first defining adolescence as a period of life, the psychological consequences of the major changes in the biological, social and cognitive realms that take place during early adolescence (puberty, i.e., the first two years of secondary education) are described as some sort of general introduction. As a result of these changes, young people discover new possibilities in several important domains of development. By way of an example, the main trends in development are described in some detail for three of these domains (sexuality, identity and autonomy). In separate chapters the psychosocial development of adolescents will be examined, including changing relationships with parents and peers. Next, some problems that teachers might be confronted with are discussed, including both psychosocial stress and problem behavior (drug use and delinquency). Finally, some themes that relate to various aspects of adolescents' life world and youth cultures (e.g., norms and values, or popular music).

Starting Competences

Teaching and Learning Material

Cost: 35.0 EUR
de Wit, J., Slot, N.W., & van Aken, M. (2004). Psychologie van de adolescentie: Basisboek (23ste geheel herziene druk). Baarn: HB.
+ syllabus through Minerva


Study Coaching

Teaching Methods


Time and place:
2nd semester, Tuesday 18-20.30 hrs, Auditorium 2, Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Gent

First course: Tuesday 13 februari 2007 at 18 hrs

Evaluation Methods

Periodic evaluation

Examination Methods

Written exam with multiple choice questions

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