SPC203 Sociology of Youth (8)

This subject will critically evaluate the position of young people in Australian society and analyse the development of youth policy during the post WWII period in terms of how society constructs youth as a social problem and politclally regulates young people's lives. It will also study youth as social agents, e.g. as consumers and citizens.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed SOC103

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be aware of demographic changes in Australia and the way they affect young people's life chances
  • be aware of the ways youth is socially constructed and culturally reproduced
  • have examined how the state and other social institutions politically regulate youth
  • have examined the politics and strategies of youth protest and other social movements to initiate social change


This subject will cover the following topics:

- demographic changes and images of young people - the social construction and ideology of youth - youth as consumers and citizens - youth, the labour market and unemployment - youth, sexuality and the AIDS crises - youth, violence and power - the justice system and juvenile delinquency - the state and the politics of youth - popular culture and youth protest - youth/student movements and social change


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.