Sociology of Youth - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Online Discussion (35%) , Quizzes (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Please note: This unit was previously a level 1 unit with a different code (SGY130).

'Youth' is a sociological construct that operates at multiple levels: an individual you 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 students will have:

  • 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
  • discussed how you people are engaged in the production of (youth) culture both as active consumers and producers
  • gained an understanding of qualitative research methods in sociology.
  • Online Discussion (35%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Research Paper (45%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SGY130 — Sociology of Youth

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

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  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.
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