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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

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.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction and developing a foundation for critical analysis of the youth work field of practice

Young People
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

Youth Work
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

Learning outcomes

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 describe the key issues facing young people, and the professionals working with them, in contemporary Australian society
2 demonstrate evidence-informed understanding of how these key issues affect young people, and the professionals working with them
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
4 critically evaluate key issues facing young people and youth workers with respect to Australian social policy
5 critically examine the relevance of current youth work practice concerning the key issues facing young people in Australian society
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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the key issues facing young people, and the professionals working with them, in contemporary Australian society
  2. demonstrate evidence-informed understanding of how these key issues affect young people, and the professionals working with them
  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
  4. critically evaluate key issues facing young people and youth workers with respect to Australian social policy
  5. critically examine the relevance of current youth work practice concerning the key issues facing young people in Australian society
  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.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.