SOC 150 The Social Lives of Children and Youth • 5 Cr.
What are the challenges of being a young person in American society, and how do young people negotiate those challenges? Investigate the experiences of youth, and learn to apply sociological thinking to everyday life. Themes include youth subcultures, identity development, friendships and dating, and social problems of youth like drug use and eating disorders.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Explain how societal ideas of “childhood,” “adolescence,” and “youth” change over time;
- Describe the limitations and ethical concerns of researching children and teens;
- Discuss the process and dynamics of socialization;
- Illustrate the major agents of socialization in contemporary American society;
- Identify the crucial role gender, class, sexuality, and race play in identity development;
- Critically analyze the political, economic, and social forces that affect children and youth;
- Identify the ways in which race, class, sexuality, and gender differentially impact children and adolescents; and
- Demonstrate an understanding of some of the major social problems affecting children and youth today.