Fall 2013

Social Development and Peer Relations

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-355


Katherine H. Clemans (Section 01)


This seminar covers theory and research on lifespan social development, with a particular emphasis on childhood and adolescence.  Topics include socialization processes, attachment, the development of friendship and peer networks over time, and the interplay of biological, psychological, and contextual factors which shape social interactions.  A particular emphasis will be placed on the context of childhood and adolescent peer relationships.

Some questions we will address are: How do we form friendships?  What qualities make us liked by our peers? Is there a difference between being ignored by peers and being rejected by them?  Can friends be a "bad influence" on our behavior?  How do we address bullying in schools and online?

Students are expected to participate in course discussion and conduct their own research study on some aspect of social development in the context of the peer group.

Requisite:  PSYC 227 and 122 or consent of instructor. Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Clemans.

PSYC 355 - L/D

Section 01
Th 02:30 PM - 05:00 PM MCLS 428


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015