Young People in a Global Community

Unit code: AEB1804 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Students will be provided with a reading list via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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