module specification

SS5083 - Youth Resistance and Social Control (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Youth Resistance and Social Control
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
105 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Coursework 2500 words
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester 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 consider the key developments in political mobilisation of young people;

A3. To investigate the concepts and nature of social control in relation to youth;

A4. To develop confidence in use of appropriate learning, analytical and discursive skills when dealing with current youth issues.

Prior learning requirements



  • Young People in a Historical Perspective LO1, LO3 
  • Youth in Consumer Society LO1, LO2 
  • Consumerism and Violence LO1, LO2 
  • The Chicago School: The City and Delinquent Subcultures LO1, LO2 
  • Youth Subcultures: Resistance through Ritual LO1, LO2 
  • Neo-tribes or SubculturesLO1, LO2
  • Youth Riots LO2 
  • Political Resistance LO1 LO2
  • Football hooligans LO1 LO2 
  • Graffiti Subculture LO1 LO2
  • Zero tolerance? Youth policy in modern Britain LO3

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) Analyse the contemporary youth subcultures 

(LO3) Critically assess current youth policies and programmes.


Assessment strategy

The 3000 words coursework will assess the students’ understanding of the key perspectives on the historical and social dimensions of youth cultural and political formations.




Briggs, D. (2012), ed. The English Riots of 2011: A Summer of Discontent, Waterside Press.

Buckingham, D., Bragg, S and Kehily, M.J. (eds.) (2014): Youth Cultures in the Age of Global Media.  Basingstoke.

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.

Nayak, A. and Kehily, M. J. (2013) Gender, youth and culture: Young masculinities and femininities. 2nd ed. – Basingstoke

Nilan, P. and Feixa, C. (2006) Global youth?: Hybrid identities, plural worlds. - London & NY: