Course summary

The Master of Childhood and Youth Studies is designed to meet the needs of people working, or intending to work, with children, young people and their families. Students can also study a Graduate Certificate (4 units) instead of the Masters degree.

The course aims to develop the knowledge and skills of professionals, enabling them to respond more effectively to the issues that impact children, young people and families across a diverse range of contexts. It incorporates the latest research and explores the ways that children, childhood and youth are conceptualised within family, community and international settings, including the theories, policies and practices that can inform professional practice. Participants benefit from the opportunity to apply their learning immediately in the workplace.

Candidates can choose to enrol in the four-unit Graduate Certificate or sixteen-unit Masters or can enrol in single units as accredited professional development. Significant advanced standing (or credit) is available for those with relevant previous learning and expertise. It is also possible to exit the course with a Graduate Diploma following completion of eight specified units (direct enrolment into the Graduate Diploma is not available).

The Master of Childhood and Youth Studies is designed to meet the needs of people working, or intending to work, with children, young people and their families. Students can also study a Graduate Certificate (4 units) instead of the Masters degree.

The course aims to develop the knowledge and skills of professionals, enabling them to respond more effectively to the issues that impact children, young people and families across a diverse range of contexts. It incorporates the latest research and explores the ways that children, childhood and youth are conceptualised within family, community and international settings, including the theories, policies and practices that can inform professional practice. Participants benefit from the opportunity to apply their learning immediately in the workplace.

Candidates can choose to enrol in the four-unit Graduate Certificate or sixteen-unit Masters or can enrol in single units as accredited professional development. Significant advanced standing (or credit) is available for those with relevant previous learning and expertise. It is also possible to exit the course with a Graduate Diploma following completion of eight specified units (direct enrolment into the Graduate Diploma is not available).

The course includes studies in:

  • Child protection and participation
  • Children and the law
  • Children’s rights
  • Social and emotional wellbeing
  • Drugs, alcohol and sexual health
  • Program evaluation
  • Research with and for children

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Analyse critically, reflect on, synthesise and evaluate information, problems, concepts and theories related to children, young people and their families.

Apply knowledge of evaluation and research principles and methods to investigate issues and solve problems in community and workplace contexts.

Creativity

Demonstrate initiative by identifying innovative and creative responses to challenges, issues and opportunities for change in relation to the wellbeing, interests, development and rights of children and young people in society.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a highly developed commitment to social justice, human rights, ethics and sustainability in scholarship, research and professional practice.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate advanced and integrated theoretical and practical understanding of a complex body of knowledge related to Childhood Studies.

Locate, evaluate, manage and use theory, information and data necessary fo effective evidence-based professional practice.

Lifelong learning

Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes and plan and regulate ongoing personal and professional learning.

Demonstrate autonomy, well developed judgement, adaptability, responsibility and accountability when responding to change in the workplace.

Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely, appropriately and professionally in an oral and written form in both an academic and professional settings.

Demonstrate leadership and the capacity to work collaboratively with individuals and teams.

Cultural competence

Engage in practices that are informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence, global perspectives, inclusivity and respect for the rights of all persons.


Course overview

Course code

1207299

Course abbreviation

MChildYouthSt

Credit points

192

Equivalent units

16

Duration

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

Duration

2 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Fee paying


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Master of Childhood and Youth Studies a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:
    1. All units from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
    2. All units from Part B of the Schedule;
    3. Six (6) units from Part C of the Schedule; and
    4. All units from Part D of the Schedule.
    5. Notwithstanding Course Requirement Rule (a)(iii), the Course Coordinator may approve the substitution of up to four (4) relevant postgraduate coursework units, from elsewhere in the University’s offerings, for those in Part C of the Schedule.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Childhood and Youth Studies a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units comprising:
    1. All units from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
    2. Six (6) units from Part B or C of the Schedule.
    3. Notwithstanding Course Requirement Rule (b)(ii), the Course Coordinator may approve the substitution of up to two (2) relevant postgraduate coursework units, from elsewhere in the University’s offerings, for those in Part C of the Schedule.
  3. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units comprising:
    1. All units from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
    2. Two units from Part B of the Schedule;
  4. A candidate who while enrolled for the Master of Childhood and Youth Studies has completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Childhood and Youth Studies may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma following withdrawal from candidature for the Master’s award.
  5. A candidate who while enrolled for the Master of Childhood and Youth Studies has completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate following withdrawal from candidature for the Master’s award.

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

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Title Level of learning Note
Contact the School of Education for this course progression.

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit