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SOCI204 Special Topic: Young People and Society

Critical examination of the place of youth in society, the social construction of youth and the discourses of risk associated with being young.

This paper provides an introduction to understanding the place of young people in society. It draws on sociological perspectives to critically examine the social construction of young people and generate discussions around the discourses of risk associated with being young.

Paper title Special Topic: Young People and Society
Paper code SOCI204
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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(SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points
Schedule C
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(i) SOCI 204 may not be credited with SOCI 304 taken in the same year. When the topics of the papers differ, SOCI 204 and SOCI 304 passed in different years may both be credited. (ii) Students who have not passed normal prerequisites may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Patrick Vakaoti
White, R, Wyn, J and Robards, B. (2017) Youth and Society. 4th ed. Melbourne, Oxford University Press.

Supplementary readings will be available on Blackboard
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Develop an appreciation of youth as a diverse concept
  • Apply sociological theories to explain youth experiences
  • Demonstrate how a youth existence is influenced by structural forces and individual agency
  • Be able to use popular culture as a data source
This paper is available to students in Sociology, Gender and Social Work who meet the prerequisites.
Teaching Arrangements
Two-hour on-campus lecture and one-hour tutorial per week.
Paper Structure
The paper covers these key areas:
  • Historical views of young people
  • Theoretical perspectives on young people
  • Institutional spaces and influences on young people
  • Young people-™s agency and expression
  • Young people, legislation and policy

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41