Undergraduate Course: Youth Culture, Media and Society (SCIL10055)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will explore sociological understandings of youth cultures, tracing the socio-historical factors which facilitated the development of the modern youth market and critically evaluating the ways in which sociology has theorised the relationship between young people, popular culture and 'old' and 'new' media. Themes covered by the course include: young people and the mass media, cultural representations of youth style and gender identities, subcultural groups and ethnic identities, young people and new technologies and global and local youth cultures. The course will also look beyond subcultural theory in a critical examination of 'Postsubcultural youth' and 'neo-tribes'. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the main sociological theories and concepts which have been forwarded in an attempt to explain the relationship between youth and popular culture, and to make connections with how the themes and issues covered in this course feed into wider sociological debates concerning issues such as: the significance of consumption in late modern society, the role of the media in the construction of social 'reality', the unstable and shifting nature of 'identity' in contemporary social settings and the relationship between the 'local' and the 'global'.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Sociology or closely related courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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| Having completed this module, students should:
- Understand how youth cultures have been approached as sociological objects of study
- Have a clear understanding of the socio-historical factors which facilitated the development of the modern youth market
- Gain a critical understanding of the main theories and concepts put forward to explain the relationship between youth and popular culture
- Understand the ways in which youth culture is represented, shaped and constructed by the media
- Have an understanding of the relationship between gender identities, ethnic identities and youth cultures
- Gain an insight into how the themes and issues covered in the course feed into wider sociological debates concerning issues such as the significance of consumption in late modern society; the role of the media in the construction of social 'reality'; the unstable and shifting nature of 'identity'; in contemporary social settings; the relationship between the 'local' and the 'global'.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Kate Orton-Johnson
Tel: (0131 6)51 1230
|Course secretary||Mr Matthew Hathaway
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430