Course Title: Youth Studies 4: Human and Spatial Geographies of Youth

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Youth Studies 4: Human and Spatial Geographies of Youth

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Patrick O'Keeffe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9468

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8.10.44

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores the ways in which young people are shaped, shaped and create the socio-political, constructed and economic environments that they inhabit, physically and technologically. This course is organised into three parts:

  • Part 1: Space, place and time (Weeks 1-4)
  • Part 2: Power, space and inequality (Weeks 5-8)
  • Part 3: Space, culture and belonging (Weeks 9-12)

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.
  • Design and conduct professional and scholarly research projects relating to Youth Work, Youth Studies and the contexts of young people thoughtfully, ethically, respectfully and inclusively.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Deconstruct stereotypes of youth in relation to location.
  2. Identify and account for the fluidity of identity and interactions in the day of a young person through spaces, places and functions.
  3. Critically evaluate a public space with regards facilities and symbols inclusive of youth participation.
  4. Analyse how young people produce spaces they inhabit.
  5. Critically reflect upon indigenous culture and the centrality and sovereignty of place.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is facilitated through a blended learning approach. Online seminars provide a theoretical context for data collection which are supported by practical online workshops. Online forums will also be used to facilitate ongoing discussions and collaborations related to the weekly topics. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from Canvas, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources may include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture videos and notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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:

Assignment 1: Mapping: Where do you belong? 30%, CLO 2,3,4

Assignment 2: Photo Analysis: Analysing the inclusivity of public spaces, 40%, CLO 1,2,3,5

Assignment 3: Observation: How do young people shape the spaces they inhabit? 30%, CLO 1,2,4,5

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