YOST 2101: Urban Youth and Youth Issues

4 CreditsRace, Power, and Justice in the United StatesService Learning

This course explores issues faced by youth, especially those who live in or are characterized by our understanding of urban areas. We explore by asking questions like: “Which youth are labeled as 'urban' and by whom”? “What has contributed to notions of ‘urban’ and ‘suburban’\"? \"What are the associated myths and stereotypes”? and “How are urban communities policed and what are the consequences of this policing”? We will critically examine what the term “urban youth” means, how it has evolved over time and place, its relationship to power and privilege, and its use as a “code word” with implicit associations of race, poverty, and violence. Using a critical Youth Studies framework, which engages with the role of historical, social, cultural, geographical, and political contexts, we seek to understand how each of these axes of power-relations influence the opportunities and struggles of young people, their interaction with institutions and the construction of their identities in particular places. This class is a part of the Community Engaged Learning (CEL) program. Students will combine direct work with youth in the community with classroom learning. The objective is for students to make valuable contributions to communities, gain practical experience and apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to their service learning work. Students will also be able to discuss, reflect and write about their community –engaged experiences. This class offers a unique opportunity to engage with diverse youth in different settings thus gaining valuable skills that can be useful for future professional practice in many fields including, education, recreation, mental health, and youth work. prereq: YOST 1001 or instr consent

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