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EDX3250 Adolescence: Issues and Challenges

Semester 1, 2014 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ

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Examiner: Harsha Perera
Moderator: Stephen Hughes

Other requisites

It is recommended that students have successfully completed EDC1100, EDC2100 and EDC2400 prior to enrolment in this course.


Adolescence is an exciting time in life, but it has its challenges for both adolescents and their teachers. An insight into these challenges and how they might impact on behaviour is important for teachers working with and supporting teenagers. Teachers are in an excellent position to really get to know adolescents, to understand their problems and concerns, and to provide support as they move through school and transition to the workplace and to the broader community. This understanding will also greatly enhance teachers' capacity to deliver a more relevant and productive school experience.


This course has as its major focus an explication some of the major developmental, social and emotional challenges facing adolescents in school today. It builds on knowledge gained in EDC1100 Lifespan Development & Learning, EDC2100 Managing Supportive Learning Environments, and EDC2400 Diversity & Pedagogy. Key challenges are identified and discussed along with their implications for student behaviour and student welfare in the school environment. The role of the classroom teacher in working with, relating to and supporting adolescents is a particular focus of the course.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify the major socio-cultural, behavioural and emotional challenges associated with youth in an Australian context (Assignment, Examination; Professional Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3)
  2. describe how these challenges can influence behaviour and learning in the school context (Assignment; Professional Standards 1.1, 1.2)
  3. define the teacher's role in supporting adolescents through the difficult challenges of adolescence (Assignment; 1.1, 1.2, 4.4, 7.3)
  4. demonstrate familiarity with a range of school and community based support personnel, services and programs for students with behavioural and social-emotional adjustment difficulties (Assignment; 1.1, 4.4, 7.3)
  5. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of one key challenge of adolescence (Assignment; 1.1, 4.4, 7.3)
  6. demonstrate, where appropriate, ways in which ICTs could be used to assist students with behavioural and social-emotional adjustment difficulties (Assignment; 4.5)
  7. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (Assignment, Examination)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Key social, emotional and behavioural milestones of adolescence (Assignment) 20.00
2. Youth social and cultural issues, an Australian perspective:
Class, community and family, Gender and sexuality, Race and ethnicity, Education, Work, Deviance and crime, Health, Religion, Morals and Spirituality, Youth culture (Assignment and Exam)
3. Support personnel, services and programs for students with disabilities, behaviour difficulties and social-emotional adjustment problems (Assignment) 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Nilan, P., Julian, R., & Germov, J 2007, Australian Youth: Social and Cultural Issues, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • A reference list of predominantly eDirect readings and internet sites will be provided to students during the first class meeting.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information //

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 50 50 28 Apr 2014
EXAMINATION 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Examination date will be advised via UConnect on release of the official examination timetable

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ONC: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    ONLINE: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Closed Examination: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course