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Sociology of Youth (SOCI20014)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeSOCI20014
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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 central 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. 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 ‘Asian Century’ on young lives. On completion of this subject students will have deepened their knowledge of the major sociological approaches to youth.

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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

SOCI30003 Sociology of Youth

Recommended background knowledge

Sociology at Level 1

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

Assessments should be as follows:

  • A 750 word short essay (20%) due early in the semester.
  • A 1250 word report (30%) due mid-semester.
  • A 2000 word research essay (50%) due in the examination period.

Hurdle requirements:
1) Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
2) Students must contribute to in-class work leading up to assessment 2. More information provided in the first lecture.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorDan Woodman
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 contact hours: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

A total of 170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    Available as a Breadth subject to non-Bachelor of Arts students

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019