AZA3720 - Sociological perspectives on youth culture and social change - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science


Tinashe Pfigu

Not offered in 2017


Youth form a distinctive sub culture within a society's broader culture. Its distinctiveness is associated with beliefs, behaviour and identity. This unit critically assesses the social dynamics of youth experience in contemporary society from an African global perspective. Topics covered include: youth sub - cultures, globalisation and consumption, the transition to adulthood, the influence of social media and social change, work and leisure.


By the completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. Articulate a critical understanding of the sociological imagination or perspective on youth issues;
  2. Analyse and evaluate competing interpretations of youth issues;
  3. Gain a greater understanding of historical and contemporary trends in the area of youth sociology;
  4. Develop the skills to write and present arguments about young people and social change;
  5. Develop the ability to critically apply theory to practice.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


AZA2720, ATS2720, ATS3720