Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit provides an overview and critique of Australian culture and society inasmuch as it impacts the adolescent experience.

Students will explore the interactions of various elements of youth culture and begin to identify how these are influenced by broader socio-cultural movements/dynamics. Such movements may include: post-modernism, colonialism, consumerism, social class as well as the influence of technology, media, social media and marketing. Attention will also be given to indigenous and multicultural matters in order to prepare students to engage with young people from various backgrounds and begin development of a framework of cultural competency.

The unit will also investigate how a young person’s life is influenced by the social contexts in which they develop. A variety of dynamics can be explored including: ethnicity, family, peers, education, workplace, leisure, sexuality and intimate relationships and so on. Youth wellbeing and vulnerability will also be considered as these are related to the dynamics of these social contexts.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching strategies include: lectures and tutorials; weekend schools; class discussions; presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, DVD, video and audio tape and online interaction. This unit is also available in flexible learning format.

Unit offerings

Face to face: Semester 2, 2021; Semester 2, 2022; Semester 2, 2023; Semester 2, 2024; Semester 2, 2025, and Semester 2, 2026 (Every Year, Semester 2)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.