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SCY2121 - Youth, Culture and Social Change

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Anita Harris


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit explores the importance of lives of young people to contemporary sociology, as well as the meanings of the construction of youth as a life phase. Topics covered include: youth cultures and styles, globalisation and consumption, changing transitions to adulthood, media and internet, citizenship and social change, work and leisure.


Students completing this unit will develop a critical understanding of the historical and contemporary trends in the field of youth sociology. They will learn to evaluate competing interpretations of issues related to youth and identify different theoretical perspectives. They will develop skills in the defended articulation and critique of arguments both orally and in written work. They will learn to relate theory to policy and vice versa.


Tutorial presentation (500 words) : 5%
Class Test (1 hour ) : 25%
Research Essay (3000 words) : 60%
Tutorial participation : 10%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


A first-year sequence in Sociology or permission


SCY 3121