Courses & Units

Sociology of Youth HGA377



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.


Unit name Sociology of Youth
Unit code HGA377
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Doctor Nicholas Hookway
Available as an elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Spring school Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school 18/10/2021 10/11/2021 1/12/2021 9/1/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • understand and critically evaluate the key concepts and issues relating to the sociology of youth
  • use and synthesise relevant sociological theory, empirical data and policy paradigms to critically examine young peoples positions and experiences in society
  • articulate the relative importance of structure and agency in shaping young peoples experiences and life opportunities
  • communicate your ideas in written and verbal form, using appropriate sociological language and concepts
  • identify and articulate your own position on key debates on the position of young people in society.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090301 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


AssessmentTest or quiz (20%)|Examination - take home (35%)|Attendance (10%)|Essay (35%)
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