This unit identifies young people as global citizens and considers their transitions to adulthood in the context of culture, socio economic status, family, education and employment. The unit will explore and apply theories in sociology to consider the impact of globalisation, global structures and current trends on young people in the global community. It is particularly important for practitioners across the youth work, community development, and criminal justice sectors, who will be working with young people in the context of globalisation and growing interdependence.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse fundamental social processes of culture, socialisation and social interaction;  
  2. Explore theories of inequality and apply analysis to understand issues of micro, macro and global structures;  
  3. Review an understanding of the concepts of power, the state and class;  
  4. Evidence an understanding of the changing social, political and economic environments that young people are now experiencing and the impact of those changes and  
  5. Demonstrate a developing ability to apply a sociological compass to understanding young people within the contexts of opportunity, freedom, constraint and deviance.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Portfolio of three class exercises to the discussion board submitted (A=300 words, 10%, B=200 words 10% and C=600 words and 10% 30%
Test In-class multiple-choice quiz in Session 9, covering all the material from Sessions 1-8. 35%
Presentation Group presentation of a case study of the important role young people play in driving change in the global community. (20 mins) 35%
Effective total of 3000 words.

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