module specification

SS5005 - Youth, Resistance and Social Control (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Youth, Resistance and Social Control
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Group Presentation 40%   Group presentation
Coursework 60%   Essay (3000 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module looks at young people as social and political actors, and uses applied sociological theory to analyse current issues relating to youth in consumer society, the strategies of adaptation and  resistance, violence and gangs,  subcultures and political movements, and social control.  The focus will be on the UK as well as European and global issues.

Module aims

A1. To provide students with a historical, theoretical and comparative understanding of the diverse forms of youth culture and youth social organisation
A2. To  explore the social origins of youth gangs and street violence
A3. To consider the key developments in political mobilisation of young people
A4. To investigate the concepts and nature of social control in relation to youth
A5. To develop confidence in use of appropriate learning, analytical and discursive skills when dealing with current youth issues


- Young People in a Historical Perspective
- Youth in Consumer Society
- The Chicago School: The City and Delinquent Subcultures
- Collective Violence and Gangs
- The Divided City: Danger, Violence and Seductions of Crime
- The Meanings of Youth Crime and Violence
- Youth Subcultures: Resistance through Ritual
- Neo-tribes or Subcultures
- Youth, Gangs and Violence in Post-communist Countries
- Masculinity and Gangs
- Girls in Gangs
- Ethnicity and Youth Culture: Criminalisation, Dissent and Hustling
- Postmodernity: Fragmentation, Diversity and Globalisation
- Virtual Communities
- Youth and Resistance in Late Modernity: Structure, Social Control and Social Isolation
- Youth Riots
- Political Resistance
- Zero tolerance? Youth policy in modern Britain

Learning and teaching

Teaching will comprise weekly lectures followed by exercises and reflexive discussion in seminars. Teaching will be informed by research and scholarly activities of the tutors.
Learning: Learning will be supported by the Weblearn site for the module which will include all the teaching materials and guidance for assessment.
The students will be encouraged to engage with contemporary issues and follow the current debates in the media.  This will be supported by Weblearn-based materials and forums.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

(LO1) Outline the key perspectives in sociology surrounding the nature of youth cultural and political formations 
(LO2) Identify and analyse the social processes leading to youth gangs and violence.
(LO3) Critically assess current youth policies and programmes.

Assessment strategy

The group presentation will assess the students’ understanding of the historical and social dimensions of youth cultural and political formations.  It will be take place in week 12. The  essay of 3000 words will assess the students’ ability to critically analyse the causes of youth violence and gangs and the political responses to them (due in Week 29).


Burke, R.H. (2016) Young People, Crime and Justice, 2nd edition, Routledge
Collins, R. (2008), Violence, Princeton University Press
France, A. (2007) Understanding Youth in Late Modernity, Open U.
Goffman, A. (2014), On the Run, Chicago U. Press
Goldson, B. (2011) Youth in Crisis? Gangs, Territoriality and Violence, Routledge
Muncie, J. (2009) Youth and Crime, Sage
Ray, L. (2011) Violence and Society. London: Sage Publications Ltd
Stephenson, S. (2015) Gangs of Russia, Cornell University Press.
Winlow, S., Hall, S., Briggs, D and Treadwell, J. (2015), Riots and Political Protest, Routledge.