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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.


Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Unit code GCST2612
Unit name Youth and Youth Culture
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

12 credit points at 1000 level in Cultural Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Gender Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Diversity Studies
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Timothy Steains,
Tutor(s) Guy Redden ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Final essay
45% Formal exam period
Due date: 09 Dec 2020 at 23:59
2250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Participation Tutorial participation
10% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO7 LO8
Assignment Short essay
30% Week 07
Due date: 10 Oct 2020 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Essay Plan
15% Week 11
Due date: 14 Nov 2020 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
  • Tutorial participation: Students must watch the lectures, do the compulsory readings, and come to class ready to discuss and ask questions. Students who cannot or do not attend f2f or zoom tutorials must engage in online discussion to get a participation mark.
  • Short essay: students will have a choice of questions. Questions will be distributed online in week 2. Questions will be based on material covered in weeks 1-6 inclusive.
  • Essay Plan: Students will provide a plan for their final essay. Details of this assignment will become available in week 8.
  • Final essay: Students will have a choice of essay questions. These will be distributed online in week 8. Essay topics will be based on readings from weeks 7-11. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Kids These Days (and back in the day) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 02 Subcultures Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 03 Tik Tok in Corona Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 04 The Plastic Adolescent Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 05 Fans/Girls Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 06 Boys Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 07 In My Blood it Runs Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 08 Sex Panics Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 09 Queer Kids Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 10 Gender and Sexuality in India Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 11 Diasporic Youth Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 12 Essay Help Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO6 LO7 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: Students must attend weekly face to face or zoom tutorials, or if this is not possible engage in online discussion. If you have extenuating circumstances that lead to lessened attendance (such as overseas location), please get in contact with the coordinator.
  • Lecture recording: All lectures will be recorded (rather than given in person) and may be made available to students on the LMS.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.


Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings will be visible in the ‘Syllabus’ tab in the canvas page for this unit:

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
This course will make offer face to face, synchronous online, and asynchronous online learning. Some up to date material related to the coronavirus and social media has been included as well as material on boys to counterbalance a traditional focus on 'girls'. The course also includes a more extended focus on academic writing skills which students have requested, and there is a week that involves a film viewing rather than readings to create a variety of forms of engagement.

Work, health and safety

One face-to-face tutorial will be offered that will conform to hygiene guidelines provided by the university. If there are any concerns, please contact the coordinator.


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