Adolescence and early adulthood are unique periods in social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development. Youth must first incorporate new ways of thinking and feeling into their emerging self-concepts, and later establish an identity apart from their family of origin. Whereas in prior generations choosing a career was often considered the sine qua non of identity development (at least for young men), most young adults expect to change both jobs and careers several times. Similarly, forming intimate partnerships followed a far more predictable template, at least for the majority of young people, but today's youth more consciously consider a wide array of relationships. This course focuses on both the traditional perspectives on cognitive, social, and emotional development and on the challenges of negotiating these universal developmental tasks in the modern world.
Harvard Division of Continuing Education
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