Young People and Social Change

Module 26290

School of Education

This module introduces and examines sociological perspectives on young people and social change. In the first part of the module you will be introduced to a series of contemporary debates on the alleged crises facing young people today. Topics that may be covered include thealleged decline in parenting skills; the decline in young people’s behaviour; the changing experience of childhood; and the crises in learning, play and education.            

In the second part of the module you will be introduced to some key sociological tools that can be applied to these debates. It introduces and critques the image of children and young people in socialisation theory and then explores the the ways in which sociologists can best understand the ways in which young people are affected by social change. There will be an emphasis on developing the skills necessary for successful study at levels 2 and 3 throughout.            

Module Lead

Dr Kevin Myers


20 credits 

Contact time

Lectures (20 hours), Seminars (20 hours), Guided independent study (160 hours)


1,500 word essay (33%); 2,000 word research report through coursework (67%)

Programmes associated with this module

BA Education

BA Education and Sociology

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