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The course introduces students to the diverse realities of ‘youth’ with a focus on multiple contexts. Students explore the concept of youth and the cultural, historical, political and economic contexts in which young people live and the decisions that they make. We critically consider the issues that place young people outside the margins of dominant society, and the responses, models and theoretical frameworks used in youth studies.
The course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the significant issues experienced by youth. Course material will follow the diverse realities of youth with a focus on youth in multiple contexts. Students will be encouraged to explore issues that place youth outside the margins of dominant/traditional societal expectations/structures, which often increase the levels of prejudice and discrimination against them. As future practitioners, researchers or policy makers in social work or in human services more broadly, it is important for students to build a sound knowledge of the implications these have for those sectors. With this in mind, the course will engage in current debates within five key sections: Transgressing masculinities and femininities; Embodied identity; Youth technologies, spaces and things; Negotiating sexualities; Missing youth rights. Each of these sections will provide students with an introduction to diverse issues, challenges and debates regarding youth perspectives. This will enable students to critically consider the responses, models and theoretical frameworks used in youth work and human service sectors. The inclusion of guest lecturers in specialist areas as well as current research from staff ensures that the course is “cutting edge”.
On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate:Competent digital literacy and capacity to undertake literature searches, and assess the relevance of literature to topics/issues under consideration.The ability to consider the relevance of issues of ethnicity, class, and gender in the analysis of social change processes for youth Show understanding and knowledge of bi-cultural and cultural diversity Capacity to engage in discussions and debates wherein they convey a beginning ability to think reflexively or develop theoretical questions from data and literature.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $844.00
International fee $3,950.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences