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SOCI203 Young People and Society

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.

Paper title Young People and Society
Paper code SOCI203
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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

Co-ordinator and Lecturer:  To be confirmed.

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.
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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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Friday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41
A4 Friday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41