Course Title: Youth Studies 1: Theories, Trends and Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Youth Studies 1: Theories, Trends and Development

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Kathy Edwards

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8260

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8. Floor 10. Room 1

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores the interdisciplinary field of Youth Studies, and provides an orientation to the theorists, trends and events from which it is shaped, and which are continuing to shape it. It focuses on the changing constructs of youth and young people and draws upon competing paradigms that have sought to define how these constructs are reinforced and challenged. This course considers youth and young people through disciplinary perspectives (e.g. sociological, biological, psychological) as well as intergenerational, Southern and intercultural lenses. Issues central to the discipline of Youth Studies and critical to the lived lives of young people are introduced and considered. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes  

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   

  • Apply interdisciplinary bodies of theoretical knowledge and practical wisdom and skills to the scholarship of Youth Studies, praxis of Youth Work and orientation to professional human services. 
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect upon the factors, agencies and influences that shape the life-worlds, experiences and aspirations of young people to consider enabling models of practice and interventions. 
  • Apply logic, creativity and criticality to conceptualise the agency of young people in navigating their social, cultural, political, economic, spatial and temporal dimensions of citizenship. 

Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Analyse texts, identifying the chronological era/theoretical origin/paradigm and/or discipline from which a construct of youth or young people is drawn.
  2. Synthesise ideas and research from Youth Studies and related fields to articulate a scholarly understanding of ‘Youth’ and young people.
  3. Critically consider case studies of 'Youth' and/or young people through and by comparing different theoretical perspectives. 
  4. Situate the field of Youth Studies in relation to other disciplines and traditions from which it is drawn and contributes to.
  5. Develop a critical understanding of theoretical approaches to a range of themes that have been prominent or are emerging in the discipline of Youth Studies. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is facilitated through a blended learning approach. In the online lectures, theoretical and disciplinary perspectives will be outlined. In the face-to-face workshops, different theories and disciplinary understandings will be unpacked and themes explored through hands on activities, such as collaborative text analysis. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. This includes resources such as weekly readings, assessment supports, requirements for workshop and seminar participation and notes from classes. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests on Formative Concepts,30% CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 4 and CLO 5

Assessment Task 2: Answers to the weekly written questions 30%, CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 4 and CLO 5

Assessment Task 3: Youth Case Study, 1200 words, 40% CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 3, CLO 4 and CLO 5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: