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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mark Davis


Previously coded SCY3121


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.


Written work: (3000 words): 60%
Class test: 30%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jo Lindsay

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Behavioural studies


A first-year sequence in Sociology or permission