Sociology of Childhood and Youth (SCLG2613)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study examines the main sociological approaches to childhood and youth in modern industrial societies, as well as the ways in which particular perspectives on childhood are central to all social theory. It will examine the debates surrounding the historical development of childhood, and the various approaches to the impact of state intervention and social policies on both the experiences of childhood and youth and the transition to adulthood. Specific topics discussed include; the social construction of child abuse, youth homelessness and youth criminality as social problems, the stolen generations, children and the law, the fertility decline, and the differentiation of childhood experience along lines of class, gender, race and ethnicity.

Further unit of study information

Classes

1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1x1500wd annotated bibliography (30%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x1500wd Take-home exercise (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Sociology

Prohibitions

SCLG2522

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.