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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines the place and position of young people in our society from a sociological perspective. It explores what it means to be a 'citizen', the benefits and drawbacks of youth social capital, how and why young people create subcultures and the role of youth policy in young people's lives. Students will look at questions like: What do we mean by 'place' and how is 'identity' tied to it? Is agency a combination of social and individual influences? How do institutions influence the opportunities available to young people? What roles do peers play in the life of young people? Finally, this subject also examines important social issues affecting young people today, such as changing family dynamics, education, employment, technology, homelessness and youth development.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaulina Billett

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsYouth and Society: Exploring the social dynamics of youth experience (3rd ed)PrescribedWhite, RD, Wyn, J, Albanese, 2014Oxford University Press Australia

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate the role of public policy and legislation in shaping the experiences and opportunities available to young people

Major essay, reflective essay, class discussion, online tests, Journal

02. Demonstrate indepth knowledge of the ways in which key social structures (such as institutions and cultural discourses) shape the opportunities available for young people

Reflective essay, major essay, class discussion, online tests, Journal

03. Identify and evaluate the main theories underpinning youth studies

Major essay and online tests

04. Show detailed understanding of how young people are engaged in the production of youth culture both as active producers and consumers

Reflective essay, major essay, class discussion, online test, Journal

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