HDFS 3318 -- Development in Young Adulthood
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University
Fall 2018 -- MWF 11:00-11:50 am -- Human Sciences 273

Professor Alan Reifman, Ph. D.
HS 509, Phone: 806-834-5174
Office Hours:M & W 12:30-1:30, and T & R 2:00-3:00

Arnett, J. J. (2015). Emerging adulthood: The winding road from the late teens through the twenties (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Expected Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the course, students will...
Achievement of these expected learning outcomes will be assessed by one or more of the following methods... Examinations, papers, and class discussion.


Grades will be based on two mid-term exams (each 25% of the total grade), the final exam (30%), discussion participation (5%), and a project involving the keeping of a journal (15%). The final exam will contain items mostly from the latter part of the class, but will contain a small number of items from earlier weeks; in this sense, the final will be cumulative. Exams will be multiple-choice. Grades will generally follow a pattern of 90% = A, 80% = B, 70% = C, etc., but I reserve the right to modify the scale in a way that is generous to students. For example, if the highest anybody got were in the 80s, I would still give the highest person(s) an A. Or, if someone got below 70% but attended regularly and completed all the required work on time, that person could still receive a grade in the C range. Pluses and minuses (e.g., A-, B+) will be used, so if you fall just below a cut-off you will only be slightly below the next highest grade, as opposed to being a full level below (e.g., A vs. B). The University will show plus and minus grades on your transcript, but does not factor them into your GPA (e.g., B+, B, and B- are all counted as 3.0). It could still be useful for some purposes to have a plus or minus there, however (especially a plus). Attendance will not be taken, but poor attendance will probably lead to poor discussion, exam, and assignment scores, thus contributing to grades

The journal assignment will work as follows. You will have to conduct interviews with friends and family members, and write up a brief paper for each, which you will e-mail to Dr. Reifman via attachment (2-3 pages). To get the full credit, your write-up of a given interview should bring in concepts, theories, or research studies from class and discuss how the interviewee's experience does or does not fit with the course material. Please ask the person you are interviewing if it is OK with them to use their real name or if they would prefer you use a pseudonym. The specific topics are shown below, with each installment counting 3% toward your course grade (15% in total). Due dates are shown further down below in the class calendar.
Administrative Matters

Schedule of Topics, Readings, Tests, and Assignment Due Dates

Week Topics Assignment/Test Reading (full chapter unless specific pages mentioned)
Aug. 27-29-31 Intro to course and to the theory of Emerging Adulthood (LECTURE NOTES) Arnett Ch. 1 (pp. 1-24 only)
Sept. 5-7 (Sept. 3 Labor Day) Cultural and demographic variation in EA (LECTURE NOTES) Paper 1 due Sept. 7 Arnett Ch. 1 (pp. 24-29); Ch. 10
Sept. 10-12-14 Identity & Relations with Parents (LECTURE NOTES) Arnett Ch. 3 (pp. 49-70)
Sept. 17-19-21 Decision-Making & Risk-Taking (LECTURE NOTES) Paper 2 due Sept. 21 Cornell University article
Sept. 24-26-28 Higher education (LECTURE NOTES) Arnett Ch. 6 (pp. 142-161, 163-168)
Oct. 1-3-5 Review for exam (Oct. 1); Exam (Oct. 3), Careers/Occupations (Oct. 5; LECTURE NOTES) EXAM 1 on Oct. 3 Arnett Ch. 7
Oct. 8-10-12 Careers/Occupations (continued Oct. 8); Political Involvement (LECTURE NOTES)  
Oct. 15-17-19 Religious Involvement (LECTURE NOTES) Paper 3 due Oct. 17 Arnett Ch. 9 (pp. 211-229)
Oct. 22-24-26 Romantic Relationships (LECTURE NOTES) Arnett Ch. 4 (pp. 83-98, 110-113) & Ch. 5 (pp. 114-119)
Oct. 29-31, Nov. 2 Becoming a Parent (LECTURE NOTES)   Arnett Ch. 5 (pp. 119-136)
Nov. 5-7-9 Review for exam (Nov. 5); Exam (Nov. 7); Mental Health (Nov. 9; LECTURE NOTES) EXAM 2 on Nov. 7
Nov. 12-14-16 Mental Health/Substance Use (continued) Paper 4 due Nov. 16 Arnett Ch. 11
Nov. 19 (Nov. 22 Thanksgiving) Volunteerism (LECTURE NOTES) Arnett Ch. 9 (pp. 236-243)
Nov. 26-28-30 Finances/Economics (Nov. 26-28; LECTURE NOTES); Military (Nov. 30; LECTURE NOTES)   Arnett Ch. 13
Dec. 3-5 Public Policy (Dec. 3; LECTURE NOTES); Review for final (Dec. 5 ) Paper 5 due Dec. 3 Governing magazine article
Dec. 7 (Friday) ==> FINAL EXAM 1:30-4:00 pm (schedule)