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Postgraduate Course: Youth Studies (EDUA11348)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFocussing on the contemporary lives and lifestyles of young people, this proposed course critically examines contrasting sociological standpoints that bring comprehensive knowledge and understanding to the meaning of youth in the 21st century. The themes of the course will engage students in an exploration of the broad context of youth and the challenges this presents for educators. The course programme will look in-depth at social, economic and political issues affecting young people in today¿s society. Learning will focus on the institutions, structures and transitional pathways that shape and define the unique life stage between childhood and adulthood.
Course description The course content will encompass an array of related topics including; post-school transitions, generational change, youth policy, community engagement, political participation, deviance, health, employment and emerging technologies. The programme will draw on contemporary literature and research that offers insight to the contrasting experiences of young people internationally identifying common challenges and divergent sociological perspectives. The breadth of potential topics studied will support students in critical examination and analysis of the wide-ranging structural factors that impact on today¿s generation of young people. The investigative nature of the proposed taught programme and accompanying assessment will help to nurture core skills that will enhance the ongoing academic work of the participating students as well as introduce potential areas of further study for potential Masters Dissertation projects.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Presentation of Literature Search using VLE platform and Annotated Bibliography - 1000 words (25%)
Essay Task - 3000 words (75%)
Feedback Class Feedback: Students will receive informal feedback from tutors and peers in the weekly workshop on their engagement and contribution.
The summative assessment task has been designed to allow for written formative feedback to each student on the mid-semester task intended to inform the end of semester essay task.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically examine and evaluate theoretical conceptualisations of contemporary youth.
  2. Identify and critique the array of features that shape the transitional pathways from childhood to adulthood.
  3. Develop knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives on young adulthood drawing on international research and literature.
  4. Appraise the significance of contrasting generational experience across comparable nation states.
  5. Articulate the impact of social, economic and political factors on the lives and lifestyles of modern-day youth.
Reading List
Côté, J. (2014) Youth Studies: Fundamental Issues and Debates. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
France, A. (2007) Understanding Youth in Late Modernity. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Furlong, A. (Ed.) (2009) Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood. London: Routledge.
Furlong, A. (2012) Youth Studies: An Introduction. Abingdon: Routledge.
Woodman, D. & Wyn, J. (2015) Youth and Generation: Rethinking change and inequality in the lives of young people. London: Sage.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical Thinking Skills
Knowledge and awareness of literature search and review
Analytical skills
Engagement with policy domains and political process
Academic Writing Skills
KeywordsYouth Studies,Sociology of Youth,Youth Policy,Generational Change,Post-school Transitions
Course organiserDr Ian Fyfe
Tel: (0131 6)51 4803
Course secretaryMr Ben Hibberd
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
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