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SocioEnvironmentalContext of Adolescents (POPH90172)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90172
Availability
Semester 2 - Online
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This subject investigates how social determinants and social worlds affect the health and wellbeing of young people and examines social life from historical, global and cultural perspectives. Students will draw on a diversity of theoretical perspectives to analyse how society operates and how social changes influence the health, wellbeing and behaviours of young people. Throughout this subject, particular emphasis is placed on examining and explaining social and health inequalities. Issues of gender and popular culture and concepts related to social networks, social capital, social cohesion and social control are explored. The relationship between micro and macro views of society (micro-macro linkage), and the relationship between social structures, institutions and human agency are investigated with reference to contemporary adolescent health issues. Approaches to interventions focusing on changing social contexts will be critically examined.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject is designed to enable students to:

1. Distinguish sociological ideas about young people from psychological and biological explanations.

2. Explain how broader social issues and events impact on young people.

3. Describe how structural categories such as gender, race and class contribute to social inequality among young people.

4. Analyse the role of institutions in young people’s lives.

5. Evaluate and apply sociological perspectives to young people’s experiences.

Generic skills

This subject is designed to enable students to:

  • distinguish sociological ideas about young people from psychological and biological explanations;
  • reflect upon and explain how events that concern individual young people are connected with larger social issues;
  • recognise how social changes and social factors impact on the health, wellbeing and behaviours of young people;
  • describe those factors that contribute to social and health inequalities for young people;
  • evaluate and apply sociological perspectives to contemporary adolescent health issues;
  • explain approaches to interventions that aim to change social contexts and enhance youth participation.

On completion of this subject it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to relate young people's health, wellbeing and behaviours to broader social contexts;
  • explain to a selected audience the factors contributing to social and health inequalities for young people;
  • present an argument for changing an aspect of social context / structure to improve the health and wellbeing of young people;
  • select a contemporary adolescent health issue, advocate for an approach that would improve the social context of young people's lives.

Last updated: 24 August 2019