Childhood,Youth Identities and Change

Subject 460-604 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One one-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Karina Michelle Davis, Prof Johanna Wyn


Subject Overview: This subject focuses on children and young people's identity formation in a context of social change. It explores the impact of media, workplace relations, digital communications, and family life on young people. Students will explore contrasting approaches to children and young people's identity (eg developmental, socialogical, feminist, postcolonial and postmodern) and will gain an understanding of the relationship between social conditions and subjectivities, including the ways in which children and young people actively shape identities. The subject also explores these processes as they affect different groups of children and young people, including the impact of gender, race, ethnicity and geographic location.
  • Understanding of the concept of social identity
  • Knowledge of the production of social identities in children and young people
  • Understanding of the diversity of social identities amongst different groups of children and young people
  • Understanding of the relationship between changing social conditions and social identities
Assessment: Two 2000 word assignments, one due during the first part of the semester (before the mid-semester break) and the other due at the end of the semester (during the exam period).
Prescribed Texts:

White, R. and Wyn, J. 2008. Youth and Society, Oxford University Press: Melbourne.

Reading pack

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

  • Significant cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Understand complex concepts and express them lucidly in writing and orally;
  • Have advanced awareness of the interrelationship between youth identities and social conditions;
  • Have considerable capacity for independent critical thought and self-directed learning;
  • Have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively

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