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SOCI3041 Project:The Sociology of Youth

Module Overview

The aims of this module are to enable you to research in some depth, and on a group basis, a specific issue or topic within the area covered by the co-requisite unit. The inclusion of a 'reflective account', in which you record and reflect upon your experience of working in the group, and the lessons you have learned from it, contributes to the wider objective of encouraging you to reflect on their own learning experiences.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • relate your findings to relevant theoretical, conceptual and empirical material considered in the co-requisite module SOCI3008: Sociology of Youth
  • reflect critically on your experience of conducting a group project, and on the lessons of the experience for your future learning and group work experiences.
  • clearly identify and define a research question;
  • present research findings in a clear and coherent fashion through oral presentation, making use of appropriate visual aids;
  • produce a concise written summary of research findings in the form of supporting documentation for an oral presentation;
  • work effectively in a group


Given the project-based nature of this unit, it is not possible to specify curriculum content in detail. Potential topic areas for the unit might incude: an exploration of a specific area of youth policy; an exploration of some aspect of social inequality as it specifically affects a particular sub-group of the youth population; an exploration of some aspect of young people’s domestic and/or housing transitions; a focus on some aspect of young people’s civic and/or political engagement; a focus on some aspect of young people’s leisure activities. Previous topics have included: young people and civic engagement; drug use; youth homelessness; strategies for reaching socially excluded young people; teenage pregnancy; binge drinking; sexual health awareness; and the fear of ‘hoodies’.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods


Guided independent study135
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

France, A (2007).  Understanding Youth in Late Modernity. 

Nayak, A and Kehily, M (2008). Gender, Youth and Culture: Young Masculinities and Femininities. 

Furlong, A and Cartmel, F (2007). Young People and Social Change: New Perspectives. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessment will be by means of two elements: i) a group presentation of approximately half-an-hour (twenty minutes presentation, ten minutes discussion) in which the members of the group will present their research and their findings; ii) a group-produced 5-10 page handout to accompany the group presentation, in which the group summarise their study, their findings, and the linkage of this material to relevant theoretical, conceptual and empirical issues considered in the co-requisite unit; students may also suggest ways in which the research they have undertaken might be carried forward in greater detail. Marks will be awarded on a collective basis (with the proviso that any registered student who fails to participate in the group activity will be awarded a mark of zero).


MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation 35%
Group work 65%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (5000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

concurrent prerequisites: SOCI3008


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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