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This unit examines the position and experiences of young people in contemporary society, and challenges some of the negative discourses that surround 'youth'. It provides an analysis of the social construction of 'youth' and highlights diversity through an examination of youth subcultures. The aims of the unit are: (1) to provide an overview of the ways in which key social structures shape the opportunities available to young people, while also exploring young people's expressions of agency; (2) to examine social division and difference among youth, and (3) to evaluate the role of public policy and legislation in shaping the varied experiences and opportunities available to young people.

Summary 2020

Unit name Sociology of Youth
Unit code HGA377
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Teaching staff

Dr Nick Hookway

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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On campus: 1 hour lecture (or equivalent) weekly; 1.5 hour workshop (or equivalent) weekly

Off campus: 1 hour lectures (or equivalent) weekly – recorded and live broadcast; weekly online discussion forums; two optional online webinars


2 on-line multiple choice/short answer quizzes (each worth 10%), 3,000 word research essay (40%), take-home exam (40%)

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