Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course will introduce students to inter-related aspects of sociology concerning the impact of the social determinants of health and crime on the lives of young people in contemporary society. The course will use historical, structural and cultural approaches to introduce contemporary understandings of youth and inequality and the shared origins of health and crime.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the historical and sociological origins of the concepts of childhood and youth and how understandings of these concepts have changed over time.

2. Identify the parameters and patterns of youthful offending.

3. Apply theories that relate specifically to youth crime to examples of youthful offending.

4. Connect key social determinants of health to social determinants of crime and assess the way in which each may impact upon the wellbeing of young people.


The course will involve a critical analysis of the concept of youth, placing it in historical perspective in order to understand the changing meanings and practices around young people, and to examining the ways in which sociologists have engaged with the idea of ‘youth’ as a category of analysis. The course will then examine research evidence for the social factors which determine good and poor health, especially in regard to the health of younger people. The social determinants of crime will be examined in a similar way. Competing theoretical arguments about the causes and meanings of these research findings and the theoretical bases for diverse policy responses to youth health inequality and crime will be critically analysed. 

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Library research task (20%)

Essay: Essay (50%)

Quiz: Online quizzes (30%)

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.