This course aims to help students develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of young people’s experiences and life contexts in a fast changing world. The course will introduce basic approaches to youth studies, examining the ways in which changing sociocultural and technological conditions are interwoven with issues related to youth development. Students will be engaged in discussions and debates concerning current issues related to youth development in the local and global contexts, such as sexuality, online dating, cybersex, drugs, age-based censorship, online games, bullying, youth civic engagement, volunteerism and positive youth development.
First, this course aims to enable students to acquire basic knowledge about youth studies (see CILO 1, 2). Second, it aims to enable students to apply this knowledge in analysing youth issues and problems in real-life situations (see CILO 3, 4).