The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Provides an understanding of contemporary youth cultures in relation to sociological theories of risk. It moves between examination of theoretical and empirical accounts of contemporary youth cultures, and concepts of risk 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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. demonstrate an understanding of the significance of contemporary youth cultures in the global context.

3. demonstrate an improved general sociological understanding through this focused study in youth culture and risk.

4. demonstrate general scholarly skills regarding the presentation of well-supported argument and the communication of ideas in written and verbal form.


The course begins by defining key terms in the study of youth culture and risk.

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

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

Essay: Essay

In Term Test: Examination: Take Home

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks