Provides a learner-focused introduction to the field of youth work within Australia. Critically analyses changing constructions of young people as a target population, and of youth work as a profession and a field of practice. Examines conceptual, historical, theoretical, developmental, social policy and practical issues regarding young people and youth work.
Topic 1: Introduction and developing a foundation for critical analysis of the youth work field of practice
Topic 2: The social construction of young people
Topic 3: Adolescent development
Topic 4: Protective and risk factors
Topic 5: Young People living in unique family circumstances
Topic 6: Key social issues Australian young people experience, and social policy responses
Topic 7: Historical context of youth work in Australia
Topic 8: Theoretical and practice frameworks informing youth work practice
Topic 9: Common types of service delivery
Topic 10: Program design
Topic 11: Effective and ethical engagement with young people
Topic 12: Conclusion
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the key issues facing young people, and the professionals working with them, in contemporary Australian society||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||demonstrate evidence-informed understanding of how these key issues affect young people, and the professionals working with them||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||demonstrate evidence-informed understanding of how the array of youth work service delivery options are used differently to meet young people’s specific needs||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||critically evaluate key issues facing young people and youth workers with respect to Australian social policy||Intellectual rigour|
|5||critically examine the relevance of current youth work practice concerning the key issues facing young people in Australian society||Intellectual rigour|
|6||design an approach to youth work that is theoretically, critically, and ethically grounded, and relevant to the key issues facing young people and youth workers in contemporary Australian society.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)|
Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.