Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Fay Hodza


Youth form a distinctive sub culture within a society's broader culture. Its distinctiveness is associated with beliefs, behaviour and identity.This unit critically assesses the social dynamics of youth experience in contemporary society from an African global perspective. Topics covered include: youth sub - cultures, globalisation and consumption, the transition to adulthood, the influence of social media and social change, work and leisure.


By the completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. Articulate a critical understanding of the sociological imagination or perspective on youth issues;
  2. Analyse and evaluate competing interpretations of youth issues;
  3. Gain a greater understanding of historical and contemporary trends in the area of youth sociology;
  4. Develop the skills to write and present arguments about young people and social change;
  5. Develop the ability to critically apply theory to practice.


Written work: (3000 words): 60%
Class test: 30%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


First year sequence in Sociology


AZA2720, ATS2720, ATS3720