In its initial curricular design (2000), the PhD in Social Sciences, Children and Youth of the University of Manizales, in partnership with the Cinde, proposes the line of research Policies and Programs in Youth and Social Development, aimed at promoting articulation between scientific knowledge and public policies of youth through research, reflection and public debate, analysis of experiences and information systems, monitoring and evaluation to monitor the situation of young people and youth in the region where the doctorate, the "Coffee Axis" and in Colombia, as well as policies aimed at them and the impact of programs designed to benefit them. He chose as a specific strategy to achieve this, to sponsor the creation of a Youth Observatory and to provide support to the Youth Network of the department of Caldas (whose capital is Manizales), which has the support of 27 municipalities. This Observatory has been built with young people who have created it and keep it alive, at the service of their projects and interests. At that time it was understood that this way faced the regional and national diagnoses that find critical problems of poverty, exclusion and strong affectation by the armed conflict and its aftermath. It can be said that youth policies did not exist properly, beyond partial formulations, such as the Youth Law and municipal development plans, which remained on paper. In addition, there were large gaps in theoretical foundations, many atomized experiences and little clarity regarding the youth worlds and the way young people themselves understand and solve their priority issues. The predominant focus on youth and youth care has been developmental, considering that it is sufficient to allocate resources to prevent the risks to which these social actors are subjected.
Examine the contemporary conceptual developments about young people who explore trans-disciplinarily problem-objects with significant resonance in their life. Understand the dynamics of the processes of construction of hegemonies and the particular contradictions of the processes of production and cultural reproduction of young people. To study the relationships established by young people in their processes of subjectivation with their powers and to understand the new forms of political, ethical and aesthetic action as they face them as cultural agents incarnated locally.
The more than one hundred million young people that today inhabit the Latin American continent suffer from the main problems of the region (poverty and violence) and live in the midst of great democratic fragility. However, they are also culturally active agents of the new strategies of social transformation in a globalized and radically transformed world in the last three decades.
1.- Communication-Education in Culture
2.- Youth, Cultures and Powers
3.- Generational policies
4.- Youth policies and programs