Sociology of Youth - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Online Discussion - Online Discussion 1 and 2 (35%) , Quizzes - Quiz 1 and 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

'Youth' is a sociological construct that operates at multiple levels: an individual young person, an attitude for being in the social world, and an institution. We explore the two main branches of sociological research into the lives of young people: youth cultures and youth transitions. You are introduced to a range of social identities (for example, sexuality, rurality), social institutions, (such as education, family), and social identities (including subcultural, digital) that frame the experience of youth and draws on local, national and international examples to illustrate your peoples' negotiations of contemporary society.

At the completion of this unit you will have:

  1. learnt about sociological perspectives on young people's participation in social institutions such as schools and the family and how this is different to that of other academic disciplines and professions;
  2. discussed how young people are engaged in the production of (youth) culture both as active consumers and producers;
  3. gained an understanding of qualitative research methods in sociology.
  • Online Discussion — Online Discussion 1 and 2 (35%)
  • Quizzes — Quiz 1 and 2 (20%)
  • Research Essay (45%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Youth transitions
2Youth cultures

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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