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

    About this paper

    Paper title Young People and Society
    Subject Sociology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103 or 54 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    May not be credited together with SOCI204 passed in 2018.

    This paper is available to students in Sociology, Gender and Social Work who meet the prerequisites.

    Suitable for undergraduates interested in understanding young people.


    Teaching staff

    Tui Rakuita

    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
    Teaching Arrangements

    Two-hour on-campus lecture and one-hour tutorial per week.


    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

    Critical thinking, Communication, Global perspective, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Develop an appreciation of youth as a contested concept
    • Apply sociological theories to explain youth experiences
    • Demonstrate how a youth existence is influenced by structural forces and individual agency
    • Situate young people within the context of their lived realities


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 30-35, 37-42
    A2 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42
    A3 Friday 10:00-10:50 30-35, 37-42
    A4 Friday 11:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42
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