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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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaulina Billett

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 points at first year level


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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
02. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the ways in which key social structures (such as institutions and cultural discourses shape the opportunities available for young people
03. Identify and evaluate the main theories underpinning youth studies
04. Produce convincing arguments which explains the positions of young people in the 21st century

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