UNDERSTANDING YOUTH CULTURE - 2017/8

Module code: SOC3046

Module provider

Sociology

Module Leader

HODKINSON P Dr (Sociology)

Number of Credits

15

ECTS Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

L300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework SHORT READING PORTFOLIO 30
Coursework 3000 WORD PROJECT 70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview


This module focuses upon the development, characteristics and contemporary significance of a range of different aspects of youth culture. Topics covered include the construction and development of understandings of adolescence as a distinct life course period, the relationship between youth, media and new media, questions of class, ethnicity and gender and debates relating to youth communities and subcultures.

Module aims

To provide an overview of the developing characteristics of youth culture in contemporary societies

To offer students a grounding in core debates and theories relating to the analysis of youth.

To identify and relate to one another a range of theoretical and empirical studies relating to particular topics in the study of youth culture

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a familiarity with key terms and concepts used in the study of youth cultures KC
002 Appreciate the range of different approaches that have been taken to the study of youth culture KC
003 Apply to the case of youth culture, broader theories about the relationship between culture, media and society KCT
004 Discuss theories and research on youth culture in relation to contemporary examples in class KCPT
005 Critically discuss and reflect on the arguments and evidence in selected literature related to the themes of the module KCT
006 Combine discussion of literature with original research to inform key debates on youth culture KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Indicative content includes:


The construction and development of notions of youth and adolescent culture

Youth culture and contemporary consumerism

Media representations of youth culture

Young people’s uses of media and new media

Youth, space and identity

Understandings of distinct youth communities and subcultures

The significance of class, gender and ethnicity in relation to youth culture

Notions of individualisation and the apparent expansion/blurring of youth culture


 

 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Lectures components provide a core background, enthusing students about the significance and importance of the topics and arguments, and enabling the understanding of core concepts and examples. Seminar discussions enable students to develop greater depth of understanding through practical exercises and discussions centred on reading and connecting to key concepts from the lecture. Sometimes lecture and seminar are discrete whereas in other weeks a more integrated approach is taken.

The learning and teaching methods include:

The teaching strategy consists of 22 combined lecture/seminar sessions. Students complete compulsory readings each week as preparation for the seminar discussions

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Assessment one encourages critical engagement with reading from an early point in the modules and assesses students’ ability to critically reflect on these. It particularly pertains to l.o.5 but also incorporate the first three learning outcomes too.

Assessment two focuses directly on lo 6, centred on combining existing literature with original research, but also incorporates the first three learning outcomes and learning outcome 5, on critically discussing literature of importance to the themes of the module.   

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Short reading portfolio (30%), requiring students to critically reflect on a selection of the readings used in the first part of the module.
3000 word project (70%) requiring students to select a broad topic, refine it into a more specific research question, carry out small-scale research and discuss this in relation to key debates in literature.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students gain formative feedback throughout the semester via the interaction of their ideas with peers and the lecturer, both in class and via the online discussions. All students are encouraged to ask questions and test ideas in relation to the assignments during the weeks preceding their submission. Students will be offered the opportunity to submit and have feedback on a project proposal several weeks before the project deadline.

Reading list

Reading list for UNDERSTANDING YOUTH CULTURE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc3046

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media, Culture and Society BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media Studies with Film Studies BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media Studies with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.