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    Youth Studies is about young people’s diverse identities, lives, education paths, and activism. Youth-led activism for indigenous rights, climate justice, queer and feminist rights will be covered.

    Planning to research and/or work with young people in the future? Then this is the paper for you. You will be guided through the key stages of research on a youth topic of your choice.

    About this paper

    Paper title Youth Studies
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,206.91
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn, BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MA(Thesis)
    (i) Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education. (ii)May not be credited together with EDUC 430 passed 2010-2012. (iii) This paper is normally available in alternate years.
    If you are a Social Sciences graduate planning to research and/or work with young people in the future, this paper is designed for you.

    Teaching staff

    Professor Karen Nairn

    Paper Structure

    The paper is designed to follow the key debates in youth studies then guide you through the research process on a youth topic of your choice, with guidance on writing a literature review, designing and conducting research with young people, data analysis and reporting your findings.

    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

    Students are expected to attend timetabled classes via zoom.

    Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and source their own relevant readings.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Develop an in-depth understanding of the key features and current debates in the field of youth studies
    • Critically evaluate published research about young people and synthesise the research literature as a literature review
    • Evaluate a range of methodologies for researching with young people, decide on one methodology for collecting information (e.g. interviewing) and then carry out data collection with one young person
    • Analyse the data collected from one young person, using the strategies of discourse analysis
    • Synthesise the findings of the data analysis with the literature review and critically reflect on the conduct and reporting of research with one young person


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22
    M1 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41
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