Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Provides an understanding of contemporary youth cultures in relation to sociological theories. It moves between examination of theoretical and empirical accounts of contemporary youth cultures, concepts of risk, and broader sociological theories which can be used to understand youth culture phenomena. A primary focus will be on urban youth cultures, and class and gender in Australia and other countries.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Communicate a critical understanding of the way modernity, youth culture and risk have been dealt in sociology.

2. Explain the significance of contemporary youth cultures in the global context.

3. Discuss general sociological theories in the light of the focused study of youth culture and risk.

4. Apply skills in the presentation of well-supported arguments and ideas in written and verbal form.


The course begins by defining key terms in the study of youth cultures, youth transitions, and generations.

This is followed by a coverage of significant areas of contemporary research on youth: for example, youth transitions, class, gender and race issues, media representation, tastes and consumption, youth subcultures, work and labour.

As new studies and theoretical innovations in the field of youth studies come into the public domain they will be integrated into course content.

Assumed knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Literature Review (20%)

Quiz: Online Quizzes (20%)

Essay: Essay (30%)

In Term Test: Examination: Take Home (30%)

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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