This unit examines academic, public and popular ideas about youth and practices of youth culture. It will introduce students to some of the current parameters for studying the experience of youth and youth cultural forms and practices. We will pay particular attention to the ways young lives are gendered and the role gender plays in the institutions and other contexts in which young people live. Other points of focus include changing conceptions of youth, relationships between policy and youth, images of youth and youth culture, and discourses on (im)maturity, training, and identity.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x500wd close reading exercise (10%), 1x1500wd Short Essay (30%), 1x2500wd Take-home Exercise (50%), Tutorial participation (10%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in Gender Studies, Cultural Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 or 12 Senior credit points in Digital CulturesProhibitions