Spring 2023 - SA 360 D100

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

Youth & Society

Class Number: 6672

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



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


Topic: Youth and Society

This course is designed to introduce students to theory and research on children and youth and will be framed around key themes, including: conceptualizing youth as culturally specific social constructs, social inequalities, vulnerabilities, and their intersections, and issues of youth citizenship, rights, and social engagement. A variety of substantive topic areas will be critically examined such as: theories of children and youth; engaging youth in research; Indigenous, ethnic/racialized and immigrant youth; peer groups, family lifestyles, consumerism, and globalization; gender, sexual(ized) identities and socialization; technology and social media practices; health and well-being (e.g., bullying; body image); family-related transitions to adulthood; and political activism. Applied community program/policy issues related to families, education and curriculum, inclusivity, diversity, and health, and the labour market will also be covered.


  • Small Group Work 20%
  • Tests (2 @ 20% each) 40%
  • Paper Proposal 10%
  • Term Paper 30%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:

A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements

Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T20.01), and academic honesty and student conduct procedures (S10‐S10.05). 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. It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website.

Centre for Accessible Learning: Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

The Sociology and Anthropology Student Union, SASU, is a governing body of students who are engaged with the department and want to build the SA community. Get involved!  Follow Facebook and Instagram pages or visit our website.



Chen, X., R. Raby, and P. Albanese (Eds.). 2017. The Sociology of Childhood and Youth in Canada. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press.


A set of supplementary readings will also be required (library links will be provided on CANVAS).


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/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