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Youth is a period in which adult identities are shaped and through this society’s institutions and cultural beliefs are either reproduced or remade. For this reason young people and their attitudes and actions fascinate and create anxiety for broader society. The sociological study of youth is also the study of broader continuity and change. This subject introduces major classical and contemporary sociological approaches as they apply to the study of youth. It locates young people's experience in a context of social change, investigating the ways in which employment, education, family, gender, social class, youth culture and geographic location shape the meaning of youth in different ways in the early 21st Century than they did in the century past. It explores the new ways in which young people approach learning, work and relationships and examines the impact of the digital revolution, globalisation, and the coming ‘Asian Century’ on young lives. On completion of this subject students will have deepened their knowledge of the major sociological approaches to youth, including the study of transitions to adulthood, youth cultures and generational change.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of sociology as an academic discipline in its social, historical and world context, including its principal concepts and theories as they apply to youth studies;
- Demonstrate an ability to apply sociological theories, concepts and evidence to sociological questions within complex and changing social contexts;
- Demonstrate a sociological understanding of the nature of social relationships and institutions, patterns of social diversity and inequality, and processes that underpin social change and stability as they impact on the experience of youth;
- Communicate sociological principles and knowledge effectively using written formats;
- Demonstrate an ability to develop arguments by using evidence, evaluating competing explanations, and drawing conclusions.
Last updated: 20 February 2024