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GCST2612: Youth and Youth Culture

This unit examines academic, public and popular ideas about youth and practices of youth culture. It will introduce students to some of the current parameters for studying the experience of youth and youth cultural forms and practices. We will pay particular attention to the ways young lives are gendered and the role gender plays in the institutions and other contexts in which young people live. Other points of focus include changing conceptions of youth, relationships between policy and youth, images of youth and youth culture, and discourses on (im)maturity, training, and identity.

Code GCST2612
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level including 6 credit points from Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Media Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Education, Political Economy, Psychology, Social Work, or Law

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify some of the key theories which have been used to understand youth and youth cultures
  • LO2. develop critical and creative approaches to youth and youth culture
  • LO3. develop skills in drawing on materials from a range of different disciplines to form critical and constructive perspectives on youth
  • LO4. analyse cultural, textual, and empirical phenomena by drawing on critical theories of youth and youth cultures
  • LO5. understand the key ways youth and youth culture have been understood and theorized in popular culture and public discourse
  • LO6. critically evaluate and draw upon different sources of information in order to understand contemporary and historical youth cultures
  • LO7. demonstrate skills in independent learning, including taking responsibility for research directions in assessments, and developing new ways of thinking about youth and youth culture as differently defined by gender, sexuality, ethnicity and location
  • LO8. demonstrate skills in communicating and articulating complex critical and conceptual perspectives on youth and youth culture, including through learning group discussion.