GENERAL INFORMATION
This course will examine global youth culture trends. Topics will include becoming familiar with the influences of sub-cultures which sometimes create social constructs. The definitions of "youth" will be examined from adolescence through to emerging adulthood. Historical and generational influence will also be considered, in addition to the influence of the family, religion, education, state, technology and the market economy. The course includes a reflection and historical analysis of several social aspects society that influences youth culture. Using this information, future trends in youth culture in the 21st century will assist in determining what to concentrate on in the future. A vital part of the course will be to connect with a theological reflection on the strategic role that the church and faith communities may have in developing strategies for youth workers and churches who wish to follow Jesus through faithful and informed youth ministry during these complicated times.