Youth, Citizenship and Identity

Youth, Citizenship and Identity

Explore the issues of youth, citizenship and identity in education.

For more information contact track coordinator: Dr Hernan Ignacio Cuervo hicuervo@unimelb.edu.au

Concepts of Childhood Sem 1 Level 2

Availability: Semester 1
Contact hours: 1 hour lecture and 2 hour workshop per week
Level: 2

Examine changing concepts of childhood through significant 20th century research, with a focus on the rights of the child in contemporary society.

You will explore historical and contemporary theories to understand the construction of 'childhood', and investigate how issues like consumerism, climate change and urban planning affect children.

You will also investigate different experiences of childhood across Australia and internationally, and the reasons behind this diversity.

For more information see the Handbook.

Youth Leading Change July intensive Level 2

Availability: July intensive
Contact hours: Two lectures and two workshops per day, over four days in one week
Level: 2

Explore young people as change-makers and problem-solvers against a backdrop of social transformation in Australia and globally.

Through interactive workshops you will gain an understanding of the significant opportunities and challenges produced by these transformations in our region, proving the thinking tools for addressing local and global problems in everyday life and skills for leadership.

Case studies will be identified and investigated in class, including those related to issues such as education (formal and non-formal), employment, public policy, law, health, justice, mobilities and migration, and use of digital communication and popular culture.

For more information see the Handbook.

Ethics, Gender and the Family Sem 1 Level 3

Availability: Semester 1
Contact hours: 1 hour lecture and 2 hour workshop per week
Level: 3

Towards the end of the 20th century, feminist thinkers challenged the view of the family as a private domain. Using alternative perspectives, such as ethics, gender and childhood studies, you will explore gender issues that affect the lives of families in today’s society and reflect on your own ideas and beliefs, gaining an insight into why and how they developed.

You will also conduct an investigation into the impact of different ethical perspectives on beliefs and actions, and associated policy development and legislation.

For more information see the Handbook.

Education, Politics and Social Movements Sem 2 Level 3

Availability: Semester 2
Contact hours: 36
Level: 3

Explore how education has been utilised for social and policy change through social movements in Australia and internationally, and examine the educational, historical and sociological issues related to power, politics, justice and freedom.

You will gain an understanding of the contested and multifaceted nature of education policy and practice reform, and learn to critically analyse the role of students and educators as agents of change in historical and contemporary social movements.

For more information see the Handbook.

Youth and Popular Culture Sem 2 Level 3

Availability: Semester 2
Contact hours: 1 hour lecture and 2 hour workshop per week
Level: 3

Explore how children and young people construct and reconstruct their sense of self against the backdrop of popular culture, a crucial arena for both social control and for exploring the possibility of social transformation.

Interactive workshops will help you gain an understanding of how different approaches (sociological, psychological, post-structural and subcultural) contribute to debate about the place of popular culture and media in the lives of children and young people, in local and global settings.

For more information see the Handbook.