module specification

SS5005 - Youth, Resistance and Social Control (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
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
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
210 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Book review 1500 words
Coursework 60%   Essay (3000 words)
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Morning

Module summary

 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.

Module aims



 - Young People in a Historical Perspective LO1, LO3
- Youth in Consumer Society LO1, LO3
- Consumerism and Violence LO1, LO2
- The Chicago School: The City and Delinquent Subcultures LO1, LO2
- Collective Violence and Gangs LO1
- The Divided City: Danger, Violence and Seductions of Crime
- The Meanings of Youth Crime and Violence LO2
- Youth Subcultures: Resistance through Ritual LO2
- Neo-tribes or Subcultures LO2
- Youth, Gangs and Violence in Post-communist Countries LO2
- Masculinity and Gangs LO2
- Girls in Gangs LO2
- Youth and Resistance in Late Modernity: LO1

Structure, Social Control and Social Isolation LO4
- Youth Riots LO1
- Political Resistance LO2
- Football hooligans LO3
- Graffiti Subculture LO4
- Zero tolerance? Youth policy in modern Britain

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching will comprise weekly lecture workshops. Weblearn is used to supply information about the module including providing students with some key readings; in some of the weeks weblearn-based discussion groups will be used by the students to discuss the lecture and their assignments. Seminar time is allocated for students to discuss their progress with each other. Students are expected to spend approximately 6 hours per week in independent study and writing. Teaching will be informed by research and scholarly activities of the tutors.

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

(LO1) Outline the key themes and issues  in sociology surrounding the nature of youth cultural and political formations and put them in a critical perspectives
(LO2) Identify and analyse the social processes leading to youth gangs and violence
(LO3) Analyse the contemporary youth subcultures
(LO4) Critically assess current youth policies and programmes;

Assessment strategy

 The 1500 words book review will assess the students’ understanding of the key perspectives on the historical and social dimensions of youth cultural and political formations.  It will be submitted in week 13. The essay of 3000 words will assess the students’ ability to critically analyse youth subcultures, the causes of youth violence and gangs and the political responses to them (due in Week 28).


 Core Reading:
Burke, Roger Hopkins (2016) Young People, Crime and Justice, 2nd ed., London: Routledge

Additional Reading:

Anderson, E. (1999) Code of the Street. Decency, Violence and the Moral Life of the Inner City, W.W.Norton and Company: New York and London.
Briggs, D. (2012), ed. The English Riots of 2011: A Summer of Discontent, Waterside Press.
Brotherton, D. (2015) Youth Street Gangs: A Critical Appraisal, Routledge.
Collins, R. (2008) Violence. A Microsociological Theory. Princeton University Press.
Goffman, A. (2014) On the Run, Palgrave.
Ilan, J. (2015), Understanding Street Culture, Palgrave.
Muncie, J, Hughes, G. & McLaughlin, G. (2002) Youth Justice. Critical Readings, London: Sage.
Hall, S., Winslow, S. & Ancrum, C. (2008) Criminal Identities and Consumer Culture, Cullompton: Willan.
Pitts, J. (2008) Reluctant Gangsters. The changing Face of Youth Crime, Cullompton: Willan.
Hagedorn, J. (2007) Gangs in the Global City: Alternatives to Traditional Criminology, Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Stephenson, S. (2015) Gangs of Russia, Cornell University Press