Sex, Drugs, and Youth Culture

CYWK 2009

Course description

Students develop an understanding of how various social factors and social institutions influence and intersect with the identity formation and emergent behaviours of children and adolescents. Historical and contemporary youth culture and subcultures are studied, with a focus on the Canadian context. The transition from childhood to adolescence and to young adulthood is examined with a focus on emerging development which may include substance experimentation, use, and abuse, sexuality and sexual orientation, risky sexual behaviour and behaviour that is in conflict with the law. Students also consider strategies through which youth may minimize risk and build resilience.



Course Hours


Students registering for credit courses for the first time must declare a program at the point of registration. Declaring a program does not necessarily mean students must complete a program, individual courses may be taken for skill improvement and upgrading.

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