Gender & Youth Cultures - SPY00025H

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Aniela Wenham
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

By the end of the module students should be able to identify the importance of differences based on gender, social class, sexuality and ethnicity in relation to youth cultures. Students will be aware of the changing shape of youth over time as well as the more recent literature in relation to contemporary experiences and understandings of youth culture. An awareness of the complexity of how young people construct their identities in relation to differing structural contexts will be gained.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

Gender and Youth Cultures will explore how young people perform and regulate their gendered identities. The module aims to give students an appreciation of the changing shape of youth cultures and the importance of differences based on sexuality, social class and ethnicity, amongst a whole range of other complex social dynamics. The module will also consider youth cultures wider afield, appreciating difference and diversity, and the many ways in which young people play out their gendered identities on a global, national and local scale. Students will be aware of the changing shape of youth over time as well as the more recent literature in relation to contemporary experiences and understandings of youth culture. An awareness of the complexity of how young people construct their identities in relation to differing structural contexts will be gained.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will understand the implications of social change on young peoples contemporary transitions to adulthood.

  • Students will develop a sociological understanding of the ways in which key institutions shape social problems and representations of young people.

  • Students engage with both quantitative and qualitative data appreciating the distinctive contribution they make in helping understand the experiences of young people. Students will distinguish between various types of data/evidence and provide a critical account of their role in the generation of social concepts/theory.

  • Students will develop knowledge and critical understanding of social constructions of youth from multiple perspectives. Lectures, seminars and group activities draw from a broad range of disciplines including sociologists, youth geographers and cultural theorists.

  • Students will gain an understanding of the holistic nature of young people’s lives and the interplay of social inequalities to their emerging identities. Students will gain an appreciation of the changing shape of youth cultures and the importance of differences based on sexuality, social class and ethnicity, amongst a whole range of other complex social dynamics. Students will explore youth cultures wider afield, appreciating difference and diversity, and the many ways in which young people play out their gendered identities on a global, national and local scale.

  • Students will understand how young people perform and regulate their gendered identities.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

During seminars/group work activities students are provided with valuable formative feedback on how various forms of empirical evidence can provide unique insights into the lived experiences of young people in contemporary society.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on the final assessment is provided within four weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Furlong, A and Cartmel, F. (2007) Young people and social change: new perspectives. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Furlong, A. (2013) Youth studies: an introduction. New York: Routledge.

Harris, A. (2004) Future girl: young women in the twenty-first century. New York: Routledge.

Mizen, P. (2004). The changing state of youth. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Nayak, A. and Kehily, J, M. (2007) Gender, youth and culture : young masculinities and femininities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.



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