Spring 2016 - SA 360 D100

Special Topics in Sociology and Anthropology (SA) (4)

Youth & Society

Class Number: 7472

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 5 – Apr 11, 2016: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



A seminar exploring a topic not regularly offered by the department.


Special Topic - Youth and Society

This course is designed to introduce students to theory and research on Canadian youth within socio-cultural, political and economic contexts. Attention will be paid to critically analyzing continuities and diversities in contemporary youth patterns in relation to various social institutions and amidst social and technological change. A variety of conceptual and substantive areas will be examined including: theories of adolescence and youth; consumerism and globalization; gendered and ethnic identities, conformity, and alienation; youth cultural practices (e.g., dating, social media, music, fashion); inequities in family-related transitions to adulthood; health and well-being, risky lifestyles and vulnerability (e.g., sexuality, body image, alcohol and drug use). In addition, applied community/policy issues related to youth and families, education, and the changing labour market will be addressed.


  • Small Group Work 20%
  • 2 Tests (2 @ 20%) 40%
  • Seminar Presentation 10%
  • Research Paper 30%


Students are required to attend classes and must complete all course requirements. These include participating in small group assignments, the writing of two tests, and the completion of a seminar presentation and final research paper. Complete details will be announced and distributed in class.  

Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐ S10.04).  Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  You may also not submit work, or any portion of it, that has been submitted to another class. It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html



White, R., Johanna, W., & P. Albanese. (2011). Youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience, Canadian Edition. Toronto: Oxford.

Tilleczek, K. 2011. Approaching Youth Studies: Being, Becoming, and Belonging. Toronto: Oxford.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html