Youth and Youth Movements in the Modern World
Assessment 1: Report
Your first assignment will be a 1,500 word report on the history of one youth movement/organisation.
The expectations of this piece of assessment are:
- That you choose one youth organisation/movement to research and write about. This may be one that we have studied in seminars (e.g. Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Woodcraft Folk, Youth CND, Asian Youth Movements) or one you choose yourself. The organisation can be from any international setting – the main criteria for selection is that you have access to appropriate academic literature and primary sources.
- The report should provide an overview of the history of one organisation or movement and an assessment of its place in the history of youth or work with young people.
- You will need to situate the organisation in the history and historiography of youth by drawing on academic literature. The course reading list and primary source materials provided provide a starting point but you will also need to undertake independent research to find additional information, including publications or websites produced by youth organisations. Any sources that you use should be fully referenced in your written work.
- The assignment should take the form of a report and include appropriate headings, tables/charts, illustrations, quotations, timelines etc.
Word count: 1,500 words (counts for 50% of the overall grade for this module)
The following will not be included in the word-count: bibliography, appendices (such as a timeline), tables, illustrations and their captions.
Specific aspects of the marking criteria that will be drawn on when assessing the assignment:
You should be able to…
Knowledge & understanding:
- deploy relevant factual evidence and descriptive material to support the argument, with scope to display originality and imagination in the interpretation of this evidence;
- show good command of the historical, and historiographical issues under discussion;
- compile, edit and present information in the format of a report;
- show accurate referencing skills and draw on a range of references (i.e. more than one source where possible and appropriate for each point made)
- demonstrate a clear logical structure to your writing and argument, so that the reader can follow your argument throughout the text;
- make careful and appropriate use of quotes, examples or data to support the claims that you are making;
- make appropriate connections between the organisation discussed and its wider significance in the history and historiography of youth;
Research and enquiry
- undertake independent research;
- critically evaluate and reflect on the nature of the evidence under consideration.
Suggested report structure
You may wish to follow the structure below for your report, but please note this is not prescriptive – there is supposed to be room for creativity and originality here! It is up to you how long each section will be.
Introduction – key factual information about your chosen organisation, dates, details of founders, how many young people involved, does it still exist today?
Historical background – why was this organisation formed/founded at this point? What was the wider social, economic and political context?
Aims/objectives – What were / are the primary goals of this organisation/movement? Was there a key individual who founded it?
Activities – How did the organisation attempt to achieve these goals? How successful was it? What, if anything, changed over time?
Response – What do you know about the young people involved in the organisation and what they got out of participation?
Evaluation – what is the significance of this organisation or movement for the history of youth? What are the main historiographical debates about this organisation or movement?
Conclusion – why this organisation is of interest to historians of youth? What is the legacy of this organisation today?
References: List all the sources used including primary and secondary sources, websites, blogs etc.
Things you are strongly encouraged to include – images, tables or charts, timelines, quotations from key individuals.